What exactly is happening?
television stations use over-the-air broadcast frequencies to transmit signals
to your television set. In many cases, these frequencies are changing due to
the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to create room for wireless
When should I do something?
Moves are happening in phases. In some cities this started as early as September 2018. The final group of stations won’t be complete until the summer of 2020.
What happened to the television station I watch for Decades?
If the station you watch for Decades has already moved, in most cases it should remain available through a television rescan. Please be aware that many stations are conducting preliminary work on transmission equipment in the months leading to the frequency change. This preliminary work can impact the ability to properly tune-in by over-the-air antenna. [Link to email form] Please let us know if you can’t receive Decades by filling out this quick information.
My signal for Decades is fine right now. Should I be concerned that will change?
Depending on where you live and the station you watch, the station may have already moved to a new frequency, or does not have to move at all, which means nothing else will change. If the station you watch is going to move to a new frequency, you should see on-screen messages in the weeks leading to the change, letting you know a date when a television rescan will be needed.
What is a rescan?
rescan is an update to the television set by using the “menu” button to have
the television re-tune all available signals. In many instances, if a station
changes frequency, the television set needs to be instructed to “rescan” the
frequencies to find any new ones now available. Specific rescan steps vary by
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Do I need to rescan if I watch by cable or satellite?
No. This applies to
over-the-air viewers only.
Does it matter what kind of television or antenna I use?
In most cases, no. Refer
to the television set instructions. If Decades is available in your area,
most broadcast antennas should be able to get the signal, although performance
varies depending on many factors including distance from the actual television
station transmitter site, and the configuration of your home.
Tell me again when to watch for this?
The timing depends on the
community you live in and the station you watch. This is taking place over
nearly two years. There is no single date for all of the country.
Where can I get additional help?