Rescan Day Is Coming! By law, WEVV-TV must move to a new broadcast frequency on Friday, October 18, 2019. If you watch TV with an antenna, you need to rescan your TV channels to keep viewing this station.
Why Is This Happening?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates the public airwaves, held an auction to reallocate TV broadcast airwaves for wireless internet broadband services. Now nearly 1,000 TV stations are required to move frequencies to make room for wireless internet carriers.
As directed by the FCC, TV stations will be moving frequencies at different times starting in 2018 through at least the spring of 2020. This may require viewers who use an antenna to watch TV to rescan more than once – each time a local station changes frequencies.
Because TV stations in our area are moving at different times, you may need to rescan your TV sets more than once. Please stay tuned to your local channels for information and plan to rescan.
Does This Affect Me?
If you watch television for free with an antenna, you will need to rescan your TV set on this date to continue watching our station. Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area.
You WILL NOT need to purchase new equipment or services. After you rescan your set, you’ll find our station on the same channel number. You may need to rescan more than once, as other stations in our market are moving frequencies at different times on the 18th.
If you subscribe to cable or satellite TV, you do not need to rescan. Your service provider will do it for you.
What Do I Need to Do?
To keep watching CBS44 and Fox44 you will need to rescan your TV or converter box on Friday, October 18th. Select “scan” or “autotune” from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process.
You can usually find instructions by pressing the “set-up” or “menu” buttons on your television or digital antenna remote control. If you have difficulty, consult the owner’s manual for more detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan, or contact customer service for your TV or converter box manufacturer.
As a reminder, the actual channel number that you see will not change. If you haven’t rescanned your TV recently, you may discover TV channels that you didn’t even know you were missing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this happening?
In 2012, Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold an auction and reallocate broadcast TV airwaves for use by wireless services. Wireless internet shares the same spectrum as over-the-air broadcast television. 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 broadband services.
What happens to Channel 44?
Your TV will still display us as “WEVV”, “Channel 44”, “44-1”, or “44-2” but the actual broadcast frequencies are changing from 45 to 28.
Can I re-scan early?
No. We must coordinate the frequency changes with 2 of the other local stations to happen on the same day (WTVW and WFIE). The frequency change for WEVV-TV won’t happen until October 18th. You won’t see any channel changes until then.
How do I rescan my TV?
The rescan process is simple and requires no new equipment. For most TVs:
Step 1: press menu on your remote.
Step 2: go to the channel setup menu
Step 3: select antenna or tuner
Step 4: start a new scan. This should just take a few minutes. Once the scan is complete, you are all set to enjoy CBS44, Fox44, and all of your other local channels that may have recently moved.
Every TV is different. The channel set-up options may vary. Simply follow the steps on your television in the channel set-up menu. If you are still having issues, please reference your TV owner’s manual for instructions on how to run a channel scan. You may also contact customer service for your TV manufacturer.
What if I’m a cable or satellite subscriber?
Your service provider will make the adjustments for you at their receiving point. You won’t have to do anything on rescan day.
It’s not the 18th yet… why do I keep losing my signal?
Unfortunately, there are a number of smaller preliminary changes to our transmission chain that must be made to enable the big switch on October 18th. There will be periods of time when WEVV will be off the air or transmitting at a reduced power level. That is for the safety of those working in close proximity to the project site. The low power broadcasting may make it difficult for some of the more distant cable systems to receive a clean broadcast signal.