TECHNOTE: Changes ahead for antenna viewers

May 1, 2018

If you are one of the many Michigan capital region viewers who rely on an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television, this information is for you.

By law, nearly 1,000 TV stations nationwide must change broadcast frequencies through a period starting in 2018 and continuing to the spring of 2020.   

WKAR Television is scheduled to move to a new frequency on May 9, 2018 (this date is subject to change. Watch this page for updates). 

If you watch TV for free, using an antenna, you will need to rescan your TV or converter box to continue viewing WKAR beginning on that date. No new devices, equipment or services are needed.  

Once the rescan is complete, you will still find WKAR on the same channel numbers as before. 

These additional capital region TV stations will also be moving to different broadcast frequencies:  

  • WLAJ - ABC 53 
  • WLNS-TV - CBS 6 
  • WSYM-TV - FOX 47 

You will want to rescan your TV after each station moves. Those stations will be moving at different times, and some dates are still to be determined. For updated schedule information, visit tvanswers.org/when.asp?state=MI.

To learn more about the upcoming changes, visit the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) website at tvanswers.org. Information there includes: 

If you pay a monthly fee to subscribe to a television service you do not need to take action.

Credit illustration / WKAR-MSU

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