Cord Cutters Need to Rescan Their Antennas Again Because Some OTA TV Channels Are Moving





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If you use an antenna to watch free over-the-air TV, you need to rescan because some OTA TV stations changed frequencies to make room for 5G Internet. You can check on Antenna Web to see what channels in your area moved or will be moving.

Every month more channels are moving as the FCC completes the change.

A few years ago, the FCC auctioned off locals, forcing many channels to switch channel numbers. This auction freed up space for 5G. Now the time has come for many local TV stations to switch channel numbers. Through the next year or so, 1,000 TV stations will be changing their TV channels, meaning you will need to rescan your antenna often to stay up to date. If not, you may notice some channels vanish until you rescan.

If you need help rescanning your antenna, contact the FCC help desk call center by dialing 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322) and pressing “6.” The call center is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Eastern time, seven days a week, so consumers throughout the country can get assistance during evening and weekend hours.

You never know, rescanning may help you find some new free OTA TV channels.

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