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Follow These Simple Steps to Rescan Your TV

Make sure you have a VHF/UHF antenna connected to your TV.

Go to your TV menu.

Select “Channel Setup” (or similar).

Choose “Antenna” and/or “Air."

Run “Auto-program."

Your TV may take 3 to 15 minutes as it searches for channels in your area.

If your television is not digital, but you have a digital set-top box, refer to your set-top box product manual to learn how to add channels.




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Why must I rescan my TV?

You must rescan your TV only if it is connected to an over-the-air antenna on WBRC. WBRC is changing frequencies on that date, and you will need to rescan in order to receive our signal.

What happens if I don’t rescan on September 6?

You will not see WBRC on your TVs that are connected to an antenna.

What if I scan before September 6?

No harm, but you also will not pick up our new frequency. That’s why we’re asking everyone to scan on September 6.

Why doesn’t this affect televisions connected to cable, satellite or streaming?

Because these services are provided through means other than with an over-the-air antenna.

What if I rescan and I cannot see WBRC?

Wait a bit. Consult your TV instruction manual and try again.

I can’t find my TV instruction manual, what do I do?

We suggest going online to your manufacturer’s website. They frequently offer downloads of instruction manuals.

Who else can help me?

You might call your TV manufacturer or contact the retailer from which you purchased your TV.

Will you still be Channel 6?

Yes. Technically, it is only the “broadcast frequency” that is changing – this is what your television looks for when using an antenna. Our broadcast frequency is changing from channel 50 to channel 29. Your television will continue to identify us as "Channel 6" (6.1, 6.2, etc.) to you.

Is this happening to other stations?

Yes. Before 2019 is over, hundreds of television stations across the country are changing frequencies, which will require viewers to go through the same process to view them. WBRC is leading the market in changing frequencies.

Why are stations like WBRC changing their frequencies?

We are required by law (and the Federal Communications Commission) to change our frequency. Our country’s entire “frequency spectrum” is being realigned to provide more efficient use of the airwaves. Over the course of the next five years, more than 1,000 U.S. television stations will change their frequencies.

Why use an antenna to watch TV?

An over-the-air TV antenna is a way to enjoy WBRC for free. Over-the-air reception offers the best picture possible because it is delivered directly from WBRC to you. Most electronics retailers sell inexpensive antennas.

Help! I’m lost! What do I do?

You can email us at cgaston@wbrc.com or call our helpline at (205) 583-4342 to assist. Reach out to us. Please understand that due to the volume of calls, you may have to leave a message. We will get back to you.


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