Pittston, Pa –VIA Public Media (WVIA) announced that it is moving frequencies on August 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. and viewers who watch TV for free with an over the air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue watching the station. Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch WVIA through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan – your service provider will do it for you.
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. The FCC is requiring this station and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services. In addition to WVIA, WNEP will also be moving frequencies on the same date.
TV stations must move frequencies at different times as required by the FCC. This means viewers who use an antenna may have to rescan their TV sets more than once.
To rescan on August 1, 2019 at 10 a.m., 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.