VIA Public Media Moving to a New Frequency – Viewers Using Antennas Will Need to Rescan TV’s

Posted by Neil Prisco on

VIA Public Media (WVIA)announced today that it is moving frequencies on August 1st, 2019 at 10 a.m. and viewers who watch TV for free with an over the air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue watching the station. Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch WVIA through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan – your service provider will do it for you. 

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. The FCC is requiring this station and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services. In addition to WVIA, WNEPwill also be moving frequencies on the same date. 

TV stations must move frequencies at different times as required by the FCC. This means viewers who use an antenna may have to rescan their TV sets more than once. 

To rescan on August 1st, 2019 at 10 a.m., select "scan" or "autotune" on the TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on the remote control. This move is happening behind the scenes, so the channel number viewers know will not change.

Stay tuned to WVIA for more information, or visit our website at www.wvia.org. Additionally,TVAnswers.org, a viewer resource provided by the National Association of Broadcasters, features the latest news and information on station changes nationwide. At TVAnswers.org, viewers can also sign up for mobile alerts and email updates to stay up-to-date on TV station changes.  

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