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Lewiston-Clarkston Valley

NWPB TV station, KWSU, got an upgrade.

Recently, Northwest Public Broadcasting was required to make changes to our television translator that serves the Lewiston-Clarkston valley. If you live in the LC valley, pick up your television signal using an antenna and have not been able to receive NWPB station KWSU, you will need to rescan your TV set. Once your set is rescanned, you will find KWSU on channel 10 just like you have in the past.

There are 3 simple steps to rescan:

  1. With your TV on and using the TV’s remote control, press the “MENU” button
  2. Looking at the TV screen, use the remote control to select “SETUP”
  3. Now, select “ANTENNA” and then “CHANNEL SCAN” or “AUTO TUNE”

Your TV will rescan all available-channels, including KWSU. This will take a minute or so.

Spokane Area

In July, KWSU installed a new translator serving the Spokane area. If you receive your television signal using an antenna, have not re-scanned your TV since July 24, and currently do not receive the KWSU signal – we encourage you to rescan your TV now. The new equipment installed provided coverage for MANY more Spokane households than before and you may now be able to receive our signal if you weren’t able to before.  To re-scan your TV follow the same instructions as above.

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What is happening?

  • Viewers who receive their TV signal using an antenna will need to rescan their TV sets after Rescan Day – which was July 24, 2019.
  • Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area.
  • Viewers will not need to purchase any new equipment or services.
  • This move is happening behind the scenes, The channel number will not change – Northwest Public Broadcasting, Channel 10, KWSU.

Why is it happening?

  • To free up spectrum for use for use by wireless services, the FCC is condensing the space allocated to broadcast television stations. This requires some stations to change their broadcast frequency including the Spokane translator for Northwest Public Broadcasting. KWSU will still show up on your TV as channel 10, but electronically, your TV will pick it up on a different frequency.

What does this mean for local viewers?

  • Viewers who subscribe to cable or satellite television will not have to rescan – their service provider will do this for them.
  • Rescanning is a straightforward process: select “scan” or “autotune” from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the “set-up” or “menu” buttons on your remote control.
  • After the changeover to the new translator, viewers in Spokane who did not receive our signal before are encouraged to rescan their TV, as our new antenna will reach far more viewers than before.
  • If viewers haven’t rescanned their TVs recently, they may discover TV channels they didn’t know were available.

NWPB TV station, KTNW, is getting an upgrade.

Beginning on November 14, 2019, KTNW, the PBS station for the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla, will be switching to a new transmitter and antenna. Viewers who watch the station using cable or satellite will not see a change. However, KTNW will be broadcasting on a new frequency which will require people who watch free using an antenna to rescan their TV to be able to continue seeing the channel.

There are 3 simple steps to rescan:

  1. With your TV on and using the TV’s remote control, press the “MENU” button
  2. Looking at the TV screen, use the remote control to select “SETUP”
  3. Now, select “ANTENNA” and then “CHANNEL SCAN” or “AUTO TUNE”

Your TV will rescan all available-channels, including KTNW. This will take a minute or so.

You will have to do this after noon on November 14th when KTNW changes frequencies.

Antenna viewers in areas where TV reception has been sketchy will likely find the new arrangement much better. Particularly in Walla Walla and Hermiston, OR.

Call Us, We Can Help! 1-800-842-8991

FAQs

What is happening?

  • By law, nearly 1,000 television stations across the country are required to move frequencies to make room for wireless internet broadband services.
  • As a result, NWPB is moving frequencies on Wednesday, November 14th. This is our Rescan Day.
  • Viewers who watch TV over the air with an antenna will need to rescan their TV sets on Rescan Day.
  • Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area.
  • Because stations are required to move at different times, viewers may have to rescan more than once.
  • Viewers will not need to purchase any new equipment or services.
  • This move is happening behind the scenes, so the channel number viewers know will not change.

Why is it happening?

  • Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction to reallocate TV broadcast airwaves for wireless internet broadband services.
  • At the conclusion of the auction, the FCC determined that nearly 1,000 TV stations must move frequencies to make room for wireless internet carriers.
  • As required by the FCC, TV stations will be moving frequencies at different times starting in 2018 through at least the spring of 2020.
  • This may require viewers who use an antenna to watch TV to rescan more than once – each time a local station changes frequencies.

What does this mean for local viewers?

  • Viewers will need to take simple steps to rescan their television sets when NWPB and others in our market move frequencies. They will not need to purchase new equipment or services.
  • Viewers who subscribe to cable or satellite television will not have to rescan – their service provider will do this for them.
  • Rescanning is a straightforward process: select “scan” or “autotune” from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the “set-up” or “menu” buttons on your remote control.
  • If viewers haven’t rescanned their TVs recently, they may discover TV channels they didn’t know they were missing.

How can viewers prepare for these changes?

  • Viewers can also visit TVAnswers.org to learn more, such as how to rescan their televisions and when all their local stations are moving frequencies. They can also sign-up for mobile alerts and email updates on changes that may affect them.
  • NWPB remains committed to ensuring our viewers have access to the news, emergency updates and entertainment they rely on us to deliver every day. We want to make this transition as easy as possible for them.