ABC50 and The North Country CW are changing transmission frequencies on August 2, 2019. Viewers who watch TV with an over-the-air antenna will have to re-scan their TVs to continue watching the station. Viewers will not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch ABC50 and The North Country CW through a cable or satellite service do not need to re-scan – your service provider will do it for you.

The breakdown:

  • Re-scan your TV only if you use an antenna
  • No need to re-scan if you watch via cable or satellite
  • Change happens on August 2, 2019

Here’s what to do:

Use your remote and click on “Menu”.  Go to the “Channels” tab, click enter or ok.  Click on “scan channels or find channels” and start the scanning process.  If you use an antenna to receive WWTI and EWTI, you will need to simply rescan your TV.  To rescan, you can usually find instructions by pressing the “set-up” or “menu” buttons on your remote control if you are having problems.

This does not affect cable or satellite TV subscribers or people who watch TV over the internet.

Below are instructions to different TV manufactures on how to scan and set up the TV if viewers are having problems finding how to scan their TV set.

Adding HD Channels to VIZIO

  1. With your VIZIO remote, make sure you have the “TV” input selected and press the input button.
  2. “OK” button, and the TV’s menu should appear. Using the arrow keys (the keys surrounding the MENU, press the “Menu” or “Logo” button on the remote) navigate until you find the “TV TUNER MENU”.
  3. Use the arrow keys to highlight “Tuner Mode”, which should be the first option on the menu. Select cable (for any cable or coaxial connection).
  4. Once the option is highlighted, you should be able to change it using the arrows. Once you confirm that the Tuner Mode is set correctly, highlight the “Auto Search” option, press the right arrow and your TV will scan for all available channels. Let it finish completely. The scan usually takes 5-10 minutes.
  5. Once the scan is complete, you should be able to surf channels normally with the HD channels available as well.

Adding HD Channels to Samsung

  1. Open the TV’s menu and select “Channel Setup” or “Channels.”
  2. Select the “Auto Store” or “Automatic Scan” option by scrolling with the channel buttons. Press the “Enter” button to begin the scan. The TV will scan for all available channels including HD.
  3. Once complete, the HD channels should be available.

Adding HD Channels to Westinghouse

  1. Find the model number of your TV. It should be on the back.
    1. There are two tuners: QAM and ATSC.
      •  QAM – The one that UConn supports.
        • QAM is used strictly for digital cable. However, it isn’t mandated so TV manufacturers have the option of using it or leaving it out. So one has to check to see if their specific TV set has the proper tuner.
      • ATSC – Not supported by UConn, as it doesn’t use digital.
        • If you don’t have the QAM tuner, they could either return the TV set for one that has the correct tuner or get the digital adapter of your TV set. One tuner should work and the other shouldn’t.
  2. If you have the correct tuner, go to the menu on the TV set and choose “Cable/Antenna” set up. Select which one you are using.
  3. After making the correct selection, there should be a menu function for channel auto-scan.
  4. Select “Auto-Scan”, which will send the set into auto channel mode.
    1.  This could take up to 30 minutes.
  5. Once completed, the auto-scan message goes away and the HD channels should be present.

Adding HD Channels to LG

  1. Press “Menu” on the remote control/TV set.
  2. Select “Setup” on the menu and press OK.
  3. Select “Auto-Tuning” and press OK.
  4. Select “Start” and then press OK.
  5. The television will begin to search all available bands for channels. You don’t have to choose if you are using cable or antenna because the TV searches for both OTA analog and digital signals.

Adding HD Channels to Sony

  1. Press “Menu” on the remote control/TV set.
  2. Select “Setup” on the menu and press OK.
  3. Press ENTER and you should see an option to scan the available channels for cable.
  4. Select “Start” and then press OK.
  5. Once completed, the HD channels should be present.

Other Manufacturers

  1. Press “Menu” on the TV screen. Multiple tabs should appear.
  2. Go to “Setup” or “Settings”.
  3. There should be an option called “Channels” (Other TV sets might say “System”)
  4.  “Program Channels”, “Autoscan”, “ (Other TV sets might say “Scan Channels”.Go to Autoprogram”, or“Autotuning”.)
  5. Press either “Select”, “Enter” or “OK” to start the scan.

Why is this happening?

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. ABC50 and The North Country CW did not participate in the auction. However, the FCC is requiring this stations and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services. In addition to ABC50 and The North Country CW, other stations in the Watertown area are also moving frequencies.. TV stations must move frequencies at different times as required by the FCC. This means viewers who use an antenna may have to re-scan their TV sets more than once.

To re-scan on or after August 2, 2019, select “scan” or “autotune” on the TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the “set-up” or “menu” buttons on the remote control. This move is happening behind the scenes, so the channel number viewers know will not change.