The time has come. It’s Rescan TV Day 2020 here in Schuylkill County.
If you watch several channels available over-the-air with an antenna, you’ll need to do a few things today, July 1, to keep watching.
Rescan TV Day 2020
Here at The Canary’s newsroom, we get 5 channels over-the-air. It’s not a lot, no. But some of them are great channels. And while we spend the time rescanning, we’ll be missing that rerun of Dennis the Menace we’ve seen probably a dozen times now.
These are the 5 channels we can get over-the-air in Pottsville:
- 16.1 – WNEP-TV (ABC)
- 16.2 – WNEP2 (Antenna TV)
- 44.1 – WVIA-TV (PBS)
- 44.2 – WVIA Kids (PBS)
- 44.3 – Create TV (PBS)
Depending on your location in Schuylkill County and the equipment you might use to capture over-the-air signals, you may be able to fetch more over-the-air channels. We’ve tried several models of indoor antennas over the years and get the same results.
But it’s enough. Antenna TV (on 16.2) keeps us entertained for hours.
Both WNEP and WVIA plan to change their frequency on July 1 at 10 a.m.
Rescan TV Day – July 1, 2020
- What: The day two local stations, WNEP and WVIA, have scheduled frequency changes, forcing over-the-air viewers to rescan their TV
- When: July 1, 2020, at 10 a.m.
How to Rescan Your TV
Every TV is different. However, if you go to your device’s main menu, you’ll likely see an option to scan for channels. Don’t forget to have your antenna connected before initiating the scan.
The Federal Communications Commission says that rescanning your TV won’t necessarily change the channel numbers of the stations you get over-the-air. It’s just changing the frequencies. However, the rescan process is necessary.
Keep an eye on the channels you get over the air. Some may not change on July 1 like WNEP and WVIA. Each time a station changes its frequency, you’ll need to rescan your TV.
The stations you watch have been running notices alerting viewers to these upcoming changes.
The FCC hints that these changes could lead to getting more stations than normal. The stations are changing frequencies “to help open up airwaves for new high speed wireless services.”
“Whether or not your local TV stations are changing, it is a good idea to rescan periodically – if you haven’t scanned your TV recently, you might be surprised at how many stations are now available,” the FCC says.
FCC Rescan Your TV Guide
Check out this one-page guide from the FCC on rescanning your TV for the frequency changes: