On September 1, we’re changing to a new over-the-air signal.

What does this mean for you?

If you are using an antenna to watch TV for free, you will need to re-scan your TV. If you get your television through a cable or satellite provider, you don’t have to do anything.

If you watch any of PBS39’s channels – 39.1, 39.2, 39.3 or 39.4 — over-the-air, meaning you have a TV antenna plugged into your TV — then you will need to re-scan the channels on your television any time after September 1st at 12:01 am in order to continue to receive our signal.

Basic Steps to Re-scan your TV Channels:

While each television is a little different, here are the basic steps to take to re-scan the available channels on your TV to ensure you will still receive PBS39:

  • Make sure you have a antenna connected to your TV
  • Select the MENU button on your television’s remote control
  • Select “Channel Setup” (or similar option)
  • Select “Antenna” and/or “Air”
  • Select “New Scan” (or similar option)

That’s it! This process should take about 5-10 minutes and then you should be able to receive all of PBS39’s channels  as you did before, and we’ll still show up as channel 39.

For cable, satellite and other Pay TV subscribers…

Remember, if you watch PBS39 through a cable or satellite provider (Comcast, Frontier, Mediacom, DirecTV, DISH, etc) you don’t need to do anything. They have been notified of our channel change and will continue to provide PBS39. If there is an issue after September 1st, please call your provider.

This video shows the rescanning process.

Brand-Specific Steps to Rescan your TV Channels

You can also follow the steps for your specific TV in your owner’s manual. We have provided some of the top television manufacturers’ information on how to perform a scan through the links below.



Instructions for the Sony Bravia

From Toshiba’s verified YouTube account

From Vizio’s YouTube account

Instructions for the Panasonic Viera