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Old 04-25-19, 10:57 AM
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FCC Rescan your TV thread

Any of you yobs rely on free over-the-air digital broadcasts of network TV?

Apparently there is some law that says stations must change the frequency over which they broadcast or something, so rescanning is needed to keep getting the free TV that the government convinced us was ours to have.

At any rate the need just hit me, and I've tried several times to rescan and can only get Hillsong and other Christian channels.

At least right now it seems like if I want ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS or even the local Fox affiliate I'll need to get cable or something.

Anyone else had issues with this? Am I right to assume Ajit Pai is just sucking down big telecom dollars and forcing everyone to get cable?
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Old 04-25-19, 11:23 AM
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TVAnswers.org: Your TV channels may be moving frequencies. We're here to help.
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Old 04-25-19, 11:32 AM
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That just doesn't sound right... I haven't used my antenna in a while, but I'd be very surprised if major networks no longer broadcast over the air.

It looks like the physical frequencies are changing/have changed to allow more bandwidth for wireless.

I don't know why your rescan hasn't picked up the network channels on their new frequencies, but there's no way they just stopped broadcasting. There are WAY too many people that still use OTA.
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Old 04-25-19, 11:47 AM
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I live in something of a dead zone, but have had no problems the last few years, and have rescanned a few times to compensate for channels that didn't come in very well, but this is another level.

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That just doesn't sound right... I haven't used my antenna in a while, but I'd be very surprised if major networks no longer broadcast over the air.

It looks like the physical frequencies are changing/have changed to allow more bandwidth for wireless.

I don't know why your rescan hasn't picked up the network channels on their new frequencies, but there's no way they just stopped broadcasting. There are WAY too many people that still use OTA.

Yeah, I'm sure they're still out there broadcasting somewhere. I just wouldn't be surprised if a benefit of this law to allow more bandwidth for wireless was driving more consumers to pay for TV.

I suppose I can just wait a few months until everything gets digitally settled.
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Saw a mention on a local station about rescanning due to one of their affiliates.
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Old 04-25-19, 12:20 PM
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It's a boondoggle, I tells ya! But yeah, no way I'm watching Hillsong as my only broadcast TV. I guess it's Netflix and nothin'
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Thanks for the heads-up. We watch free OTA television. I didn't know about this.
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I saw something about this recently as conveniently assumed I wouldn't be affected. Guess I should go check!

edited to add: Looked like most of the channels were working, but I rescanned anyway. Not picking one local channel, but I don't really watch it anyway.

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Old 04-25-19, 01:09 PM
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I didn't know about this either, I haven't watched anything OTA for a couple weeks, guess I should check.
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Old 04-25-19, 01:13 PM
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Been a few months since I used OTA, but I do use it from time to time. I'll do a rescan tonight. Thanks Kurt D!
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Old 04-25-19, 01:45 PM
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This is going very gradually, expected to hit my area about a year from now. Itís mainly to stop using channels 40 and above for TV and use them for broadband instead- the cutoff right now is 49 and it was higher a few years ago. Some stations will be sharing frequencies as sub-channels, resulting in even more compression.

ATSC 3.0 is supposed to start soon also, which will require a new tuner- it will support 4K resolution, so those logo bugs can be even sharper.
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Old 04-25-19, 01:48 PM
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I checked at the link posted above and entered my zip code to check as I watch mostly off-the-air TV, plus some streaming via a Roku box. Almost everything showing are channels I either deleted or never heard of and show "This is a low-power station that has not been assigned a timeframe for its frequency move. Contact the station for more details."

I also occasionally rescan when I'm bored and want to see if anything is new anyway.
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A lot of the OTA maps will indicate if it has been repacked, or when.

https://antennaweb.org/Address

https://streamfree.tv/ota-reception-maps/
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Originally Posted by IDrinkMolson View Post
A lot of the OTA maps will indicate if it has been repacked, or when.

https://antennaweb.org/Address

https://streamfree.tv/ota-reception-maps/
Based on this, it seems to depend on the network as far as changes go for the channels from Buffalo, NY that I receive. ABC, Fox and PBS will be changing later this year or next year, but so far there are no changes scheduled for the local NBC, CBS and CW affiliates.
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We've been doing OTA TV since 2009, haven't lost a channel yet, although a rescan about a year ago added a few...
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Originally Posted by kd5 View Post
We've been doing OTA TV since 2009, haven't lost a channel yet, although a rescan about a year ago added a few...
Bah, 2009? I've been watching OTA TV since the late 1960's!
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Yeah, I'm sure they're still out there broadcasting somewhere. I just wouldn't be surprised if a benefit of this law to allow more bandwidth for wireless was driving more consumers to pay for TV.

I suppose I can just wait a few months until everything gets digitally settled.
In a few months there wonít be anything left! You canít find those channels because the apocalypse has started and they are gone! Havenít you been watching TV today?! Oh, well, I guess not.
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Old 04-25-19, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Abob Teff View Post


In a few months there wonít be anything left! You canít find those channels because the apocalypse has started and they are gone! Havenít you been watching TV today?! Oh, well, I guess not.
No, damnit! I don't know about the apocalypse at all. I do have a few new favorite Christian rock bands, though.
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Old 04-26-19, 12:13 AM
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Been rescanning for channels about once a year for several years. Haven't lost any, they just keep adding new ones.
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Had to rescan this morning, my local NBC wasnt showing up, but did after a rescan.
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Bah, 2009? I've been watching OTA TV since the late 1960's!
Well, to be honest, we got rid of cable in 2009, but prior to cable I'd been watching OTA TV since the early 60's (Outer Limits TOS). So there...






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Old 04-26-19, 10:54 AM
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Instead of watching the morning news, I have been watching short comedies from the silent era. It's NOT THE SAME.
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Old 04-26-19, 12:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Kurt D View Post
Instead of watching the morning news, I have been watching short comedies from the silent era. It's NOT THE SAME.
I bet you are a lot happier avoiding the news too!
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Yes, but the laughs per minute have oddly gone down a bit. Old time humor and all.
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I've been curious to try OTA to see if it makes sports look any better than Comcast. What indoor antennas do you guys suggest?
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