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Why You're Being Asked to Scan for TV Channels Again

The FCC is not getting it all done at once. So, when they move frequencies, you'll have to scan again.

INDIANAPOLIS--You're being asked to scan for TV channels again. If you don't, you won't be able to get channel 47 in Indianapolis, and later this year, you'll be without another channel in Evansville.

"This is a transition that's taking place over the course of three years in phases, ten phases. We're currently in phase 7," said Jean Kiddoo, Chair, FCC Incentive Auction Task Force. "Because of interference and other technical criteria, we couldn't put all of the Indiana stations into the same phase. We had to sequence them."

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She said the FCC changed the frequency of the stations to make room for 5G and other wireless services that she said "consumers are demanding" for phones, tablets and other devices.

While the frequency is changing on the stations, the channels are staying the same. But, after the FCC makes the changes, you need to rescan, just like you did when you first got the TV.

This only applies if you use an antenna.

You were first asked to rescan in October. You will likely hear the message again.

"There is one TV station is Evansville that is going to be going in our phase 10, which is not until late spring, early summer.," said Kiddoo.

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