What is happening?
Nearly 1,000 television stations across the country are required to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless services. Viewers who watch TV over the air with an antenna will need to "rescan" their TV sets after 9/8/18 to continue watching TV for free.
Why is it happening?
Wireless internet shares the same spectrum as over-the-air broadcast television. In 2012, Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold an auction and reallocate broadcast TV airwaves for use by wireless services.
At the conclusion of the auction, the FCC determined that nearly 1,000 TV stations must now move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet carriers. These moves will take place beginning in 2018 and continue through at least April 2020.
What does this mean for you, the viewer?
Viewers who rely on an antenna to watch TV free, over the air, will need to take simple steps to rescan their television sets when a local station changes frequencies. They will not need to purchase any equipment or services. Viewers who subscribe to cable or satellite television will not be affected.
Rescanning is a simple process: select "scan" or "autotune" from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on your remote control.
Your viewers may need to rescan more than once, as other stations in your market may be moving frequencies at other times as directed by the FCC.