Rescan your TV to get FOX 2’s broadcast signal after FCC transition


ST. LOUIS, Mo. — FOX 2 is transitioning to a new over-the-air channel today. To continue receiving our over-the-air signal with an antenna you will need to rescan your television set.

KTVI-TV will continue to be available to cable and satellite subscribers. Please contact your cable or satellite company for details. More information about the transition can be obtained from the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC.

KTVI is required to change our “F” channel for the Federal Communications Commission’s repack spectrum program. This requires us to replace our transmitter, our broadcast main, and backup tower antennas, because the FCC is rearranging the broadcast spectrum for television providers in order to free up radio waves.

“This is our new solid-state transmitter for Channel 2 that we’re installing for this project,” said Dale Stewart, Fox 2 engineer and transmitter supervisor.

The transmitter change required us to use our back-up antenna, which means our signal has less power for the time being. If you watch Fox 2 by subscribing to cable or satellite service, none of this affects you. But if you have an antenna and watch free, over-the-air TV, you need to mark March 13 on your calendar. When that day comes, you’ll need to rescan the tuner on your TV.

“For us at Channel 2, that required us to replace our transmitter, replace our transmission line, and our auxiliary and main antenna,” said Jay Gill, Fox 2 Vice President of Engineering.

When it’s all said and done, the freed-up spectrum space will allow for new wireless mobile broadband ushered in by 5G technologies.

Here’s how the FCC explains it.

The first step is to find your remote and look for a button that says menu or setup. Click that button and follow the on-screen instructions to have the TV automatically scan to search for all available channels.

Are you looking for more details about how to rescan channels for your TV? See a video and learn more about how it works on your television here.

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