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By law, many TV stations are moving to new frequencies between now and 2020. If you watch TV for free, using an antenna, you must take action to keep your channels. Any time after a station moves, rescan your TV or converter box to continue to receive your local TV stations. Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area. Because stations must move at different times, you may need to rescan your TV more than once.
No new devices, equipment or services are needed to rescan.
Broadcasters are committed to serving their local communities and making these changes as easy as possible for viewers. Use the tool to the right to find out which stations are moving frequencies and when, and what you need to do to keep watching the local TV you rely upon.
Enter your zip code to find out which stations in your area will be moving frequencies and when.
Click here for stations expected to move frequencies in the month of April.
Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area. If you haven't rescanned your TV recently, you may discover TV channels that you didn't know you were missing.
View this web tutorial to learn how to rescan your TVs and converter boxes to prepare for stations' frequency moves. Click the button below for rescanning instructions.
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By law, TV stations will be moving at different times starting in the fall of 2018 through the spring of 2020. To stay up to date on station moves in your hometown, sign up below and we'll keep you posted. You do not have to share your mobile number if you do not want text messages. Simply uncheck the box asking for text messages.
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Tools are available to help TV stations, legislators and partner organizations educate viewers on the changes coming to local TV.