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Local TV viewers with antennas should re-scan channels

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 12:18 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 5:26 AM

Dayton-area television viewers who use an antenna to watch WHIO-TV and other stations will need to re-scan their TVs or converter boxes Friday, Oct. 18 because of a federally mandated change.
Vicente Barcelo Varona
Dayton-area television viewers who use an antenna to watch WHIO-TV and other stations will need to re-scan their TVs or converter boxes Friday, Oct. 18 because of a federally mandated change.(Vicente Barcelo Varona)

Dayton-area television viewers who use an antenna to watch WHIO-TV and other stations will need to re-scan their TVs or converter boxes because of a federally mandated change.

Cable, satellite and internet streaming customers are not affected. Only over-the-air television is affected.

On Frida,y WHIO-TV and some other local stations moved from their current frequencies to new ones. Viewers who use an antenna should re-scan their televisions or converter boxes in order to watch WHIO-TV or the other local stations that made the transition to their new frequency.

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Nearly 1,000 TV stations nationwide are moving to new broadcast frequencies as part of a federal change mandated to make room for wireless services.

HOW TO RE-SCAN:

Instructions for re-scanning and answers to other questions are at www.tvanswers.org. Viewers can also call the Federal Communications Commission consumer hotline at 1-888-225-5322 and press prompt number 6.

Re-scanning is necessary for viewers’ televisions to find all available channels. Viewers who have not re-scanned TVs recently may find TV channels that they were missing.

Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services to re-scan.

Typically, viewers should be able to select Scan or Autotune from the TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. The TV will automatically do the rest in a process that usually takes a few minutes to complete.

After you re-scan your TV set, local TV stations will still be found at their usual channel numbers.

If the first rescan does not work, rescan again or consult the owner’s manual for your television or converter box for more detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan, or contact customer service for your TV or converter box manufacturer.

You can also access all WHIO-TV newscasts live, as well as on-demand, any time on our WHIO streaming app for Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TVFull instructions on how to download our app can be found here.