The Federal Communications Commission announced WSPA-TV, channel 7, and WNTV-TV, PBS channel 29, will be transitioning into new frequencies by July 3.
Upstate residents who watch television with an antenna will need to rescan their TVs to continue watching these two channels. Cable and satellite subscribers will not be affected by these changes.
“Some TV stations across the nation are changing frequencies to help make airwaves available to meet ever-growing consumer demand for high-speed mobile broadband services, such as 5G,” said Jean Kiddoo, chair of the FCC incentive auction task force. “While the channel numbers on the TV are not changing, viewers who use a rooftop or indoor antenna need to rescan their televisions to continue receiving those channels. The process is the same as when viewers first connected their TV to the antenna and scanned it to find local channels, and the FCC has resources to help viewers who may need assistance.”
To rescan a television
- Click the menu or setup button on the remote
- When the menu appears on the TV, look for either “scan channels” or “scan antenna”
- Select to scan over-the-air TV channels and not cable channels and start the scan, which may take a few minutes to complete
- If any channels are lost following the scan, disconnect the antenna from the television and do a scan again without the antenna. Then, reconnect the antenna and rescan a second time, and the lost channels should be restored.
For more information, visit FCC.gov/rescan.