On September 1, PBS39 will change broadcast channels.

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 after September 1, 2018 when we move to a new frequency. Once you re-scan, we’ll still show up as channel 39.

Re-scanning is straightforward and requires no new equipment or services. Under “menu” there is a place for antenna and channel settings. Depending on the TV, it might be under “set up”.  Once there, select “scan” or “autotune”. The TV will automatically find all the broadcast channels it can, and should just take a few minutes.

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 1, 2018 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 (39.1, 39.2, 39.3 or 39.4) as you did before.

For cable, satellite and other Pay TV subscribers…

If you watch PBS39 through a cable or satellite provider, you don’t need to do anything. They should handle the re-scan for you as part of their normal operations. If the PBS39 channel(s) they provide still does not show up after September 1, please call your provider.

If you complete the above steps after September 1 and still cannot receive PBS39’s channels, this video from the Federal Communications Commission may help…

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