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ABC Action News/WFTS-TV is moving frequencies. Here's What you need to know.

Tampa Bay Rescan Day is January 16, 2020!
Posted: 2:57 PM, Nov 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-08 17:33:00-05

What is happening?
By Federal Law, nearly 1,000 television stations across the country are required to move frequencies, affecting free over-the-air antenna signals, to make room for wireless internet broadband services. As a result, ABC Action News/WFTS-TV is moving frequencies on January 16th, 2020. This move is happening behind the scenes, so the channel numbers you know (28.1-28.4) will not change, but you will have to rescan your TV. Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in the Bay area.

Viewers who watch TV over the air with an antenna will need to rescan their TV sets on Rescan Day, January 16th, 2020 . You will not need to purchase any new equipment or services. As we work to make this change, some interruption of service may be experienced.

Why is it happening?
Wireless internet shares the same spectrum as over-the-air broadcast television. In 2012, Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold an auction and reallocate broadcast TV airwaves for use by wireless services. At the conclusion of the auction, the FCC determined that nearly 1,000 TV stations must now move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet carriers. These moves will take place beginning in 2018 and continue through at least April 2020.

What does this mean for you?
Viewers who rely on an antenna to watch TV free, over the air, will need to take steps to rescan their television sets when a local station changes frequencies. They will not need to purchase any equipment or services. Viewers who subscribe to cable or satellite television will not be affected. Rescanning is a straightforward process: select "scan" or "autotune" from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on your remote control.