Native Public Media Partners with NAB to Help Antenna Viewers #PlanToRescan

Access to free, over-the-air television using an antenna has for generations provided Native Americans and Alaska Natives with emergency information, local news, entertainment and community connectivity. Whether for news, cultural programming or to catch popular traditional music shows, over-the-air television provides is an important resource in hard-to-reach communities.

Antenna television has long been popular within Native communities, and as many of our communities experience growth, the number of individuals choosing to use antenna TV instead of paying for a subscription cable or satellite service may also grow. As a result, it is critically important that we know about potential changes – and educate our viewers and listeners – about the moves impacting our local broadcast stations.

Over the next two years, nearly 1,000 TV stations nationwide will be moving frequencies to make room for expanded wireless services. These frequency changes will require all antenna TV viewers to rescan their sets to continue receiving local signals.

It is important to note that in many communities, antenna TV viewers will need to rescan more than once between 2018 and 2020 because stations are required to move at different times. Rescanning is when a TV finds all of the available channels in an area. While the channel numbers you know will not change, viewers must rescan after each station moves frequencies to continue watching that station.

So, how do you rescan? When are stations in your area moving? What can you do if you need more assistance? We’re glad you asked!

Native Public Media is proud to partner with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), through its TV Answers initiative to inform the public about changes impacting local stations. This partnership, and others like it, will spread information to ensure those who rely on antenna television know how to continue to receive their local channels.