Viewers Using Antennas Need to Rescan TVs to Continue Receiving Channels
Bethlehem, Pa. — June 15, 2018 — PBS39 announced today that they are moving broadcast frequencies beginning immediately, and viewers who watch TV for free with an over-the-air antenna must rescan their TVs before July 18, 2018 to continue watching PBS39 stations. Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch PBS39, Create TV, or France24 through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan – your service provider will do it for you.
The FCC is requiring these stations and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services.
“Our organization has been a part of this community for many years, and we know that our viewers rely on our station for everything from quality PBS programming and children’s shows, to the very best in local content. That’s not going to change,” said Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer of PBS39. “Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible on our viewers to ensure they can keep watching the programs they love.”
Other regional TV stations besides PBS39 may also be moving their frequencies at different times as required by the FCC. This means viewers who use an antenna may have to rescan their TV sets again in the future to continue receiving those channels.
To rescan, 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. Plan to rescan and stay tuned to PBS39 for more information, or visit our website at PBS39.org.
PBS39 is a community-owned public television station licensed to Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, Pa., serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 is owned and operated by the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. For more information, visit PBS39.org.
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