( BLOOMINGTON) – WTIU Public Television is moving frequencies on
Friday, October 18 at 9 a.m. Viewers who watch TV for free with an over the air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue watching the station. Rescanning is when a TV finds all of the available channels in an area.
Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch WTIU through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan—the service provider will do it for you.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. As a result, the FCC is requiring WTIU and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services.
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 October 18 at 9 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.
Over the air viewers may experience service outages while additional equipment is being installed between Friday, October 18 through Thursday, October 24.
Plan to rescan and stay tuned to WTIU for more information, or visit our website at wtiu.org/rescan. 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.
Viewers can also call the Federal Communication Commission’s consumer hotline at 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322) and press “6” to speak to a help desk representative.
The call the center is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Eastern time, seven days a week.