How to Rescan your TV Antenna

If you use an antenna to watch PBS on your television over-the-air, then you may need to rescan to continue watching PBS. A recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) determined that nearly 1000 TV stations needed to change frequencies. If your station is affected and has notified you to rescan, you can follow the directions in this article.

If you are a cable or satellite viewer, then you do not need to rescan.

Below are the instructions for rescanning:

  1. Press the menu button on your remote.
  2. In your TV's menu, look for the channel setup option.
  3. Select antenna or tuner.
  4. Start a new scan.

Every TV is different, so what you see on your screen may not exactly match the steps above. If you run into trouble, please refer to your TV's product manual, or contact the TV manufacturer for clearer directions specific to your device.