WSKG TV Rescan Day is August 2

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Antenna users may need to “re-scan” their TV channels to find WSKG TV. The target for the change is noon Friday, August 2, 2019. You’ll know you need to take action if WSKG TV has disappeared from your television set. If you still receive WSKG, you’re all set!

How?

When you first got your TV, part of the set up was to “scan” for available channels. Because WSKG TV, like most other TV stations, is moving to a new frequency, if you watch with an antenna your TV will not get WSKG once the new frequency is signed on around noon on August 2.  You’ll have to use the “menu” function on your TV’s remote to scan for WSKG. However, after the procedure, because of the way digital TV works, the number you see on your TV set won’t change. (Cable and satellite viewers don’t have to do this.)

Viewers who need assistance rescanning their TV may also contact the FCC call center toll-free by dialing 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322) and pressing “6” to speak to a help desk representative. The call center is staffed from 8:00am to 1:00am Eastern time, seven days a week.

Why?

The move is mandatory under law. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a spectrum auction, and directed most TV stations to change frequencies to make room for the sold spectrum to be used by cell phone companies and other users. Learn more about the mandated change here.

When?

WSKG Rescan Day is Friday, August 2, with the change planned for noon.

What’s involved behind the scenes?

WSKG’s engineers have been preparing for the changes for over a year. For both Binghamton and Corning, a new transmitter was purchased with funds supplied by the federal government, on new frequencies to free up spectrum. The old equipment must be turned off as the new equipment is turned on.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: I receive WSKG by cable. Do I have to do anything?
    • A: No, only antenna users need to rescan their TVs. Cable viewers shouldn’t see any changes.
  • Q: How about satellite?
    • A: No, satellite TV viewers shouldn’t need to do anything to view WSKG after the change.
  • Q: Does this affect PBS Kids, Create and World?
    • Only if you’re watching via antenna. Rescanning your TV set August 2 after noon will restore access to all four of WSKG’s over-the-air TV channels.
  • Q: What frequency is WSKG moving to? 
    • Digital TV uses “virtual channel numbers” for tuning, which do not actually correspond with real frequencies any more. Even after the mandatory rescan August 2, your TV will find WSKG in Binghamton at 46-1, 46-2, etc as it always has. In Corning, the virtual channel numbers remain 30-1, 30-2, etc.
  • Q: I’m pretty tech-y, but the rescan didn’t pick up WSKG on my TV. Help!
    • Some TVs (older Samsungs, for example) need to have their memory wiped more completely for the rescan to work. Enter the FCC-recommended DOUBLE RESCAN:
      1. Disconnect the antenna from the box or digital TV.
      2. Re-scan the box or digital TV without the antenna connected. As with any scan follow the on-screen instructions or owner’s manual for your device.
      3. Unplug the box or digital TV from the electrical outlet for at least one minute.
      4. Reconnect the antenna to the box or digital TV, then plug the unit back into the electrical outlet.
      5. Rescan the box or digital TV one more time.
  • Q: I really don’t understand this. Do I have to do anything?
    • Yes, if you watch WSKG with an antenna, you will lose access to WSKG August 2. We suggest asking a technically-minded friend or family member for help re-scanning your TV for all the new channels. There are also step-by-step instructions here.
    • Viewers who need assistance rescanning their TV may also contact the FCC call center toll-free by dialing 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322) and pressing “6” to speak to a help desk representative. The call center is staffed from 8:00am to 1:00am Eastern time, seven days a week, to enable consumers throughout the country to obtain assistance during evening and weekend hours.