If your local station changed frequencies during the spectrum repack and you rely on an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television, you must rescan your TV set or converter box to continue to receive the channel.
Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area. You do not need to purchase new equipment or services to rescan. You do not need to purchase new equipment or services to rescan. If you are a cable or satellite subscriber, a rescan is not required.
Once your rescan is complete you will still find your favorite stations on the same channel number as before. If you have rescanning difficulties, you can usually find instructions by selecting the Set-Up or Menu button on your television or converter box remote control.
Still having issues? Consult the TV or converter box owner's manual for detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan, or contact customer service for your TV or converter box manufacturer. For additional assistance, contact the FCC’s consumer hotline at 1-888-225-5322 and press prompt number 6. This is a government call center not affiliated with TVAnswers.org.
If a station in your area is not quite finished with their technical work, your ability to access the station may be impacted. Click here for a list of local stations that are still working to transition to their final facilities.
Because specific rescan procedures may vary by manufacturer, we’ve provided links below to the online support pages of many popular brands.
Click the button below to find out if a local station in your area is still working to complete its transition.