Viewers Using Antennas Will Need to Rescan TVs
PORTLAND, ME – NEWS CENTER Maine on WCSH announced today that it is moving frequencies on March 11, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. and viewers who watch TV for free with an over-the-air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue watching the station. Rescanning is when a TV finds all the available channels in an area.
Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch NEWS CENTER Maine on WCSH through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan – your service provider will do it for you.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. As a result, 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 WCSH, WPXT and WMEA are also moving frequencies at the exact same date and time.
“We know that our viewers rely on us for critical breaking news and severe weather alerts, along with the very best in sports and entertainment. That’s not going to change,” said Brian Cliffe, President and General Manager, NEWS CENTER Maine.
“Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible on our viewers to ensure they can keep watching the programs they love, such as The Voice, 207, the up and coming Olympics, and of course all of our news shows. And, if they haven’t rescanned their TVs recently, they may discover TV channels they didn’t even know they were missing.”
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 March 11, 2020 at 7:00 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.
Plan to rescan and stay tuned to NEWS CENTER Maine on WCSH for more information or visit our website at NEWSCENTERmaine.com. Additionally, TVAnswers.org, a viewer resource provided by the National Association of Broadcasters, features the latest news and information on station changes nationwide. At TVAnswers.org, viewers can also sign up for mobile alerts and email updates to stay up-to-date on TV station changes.
Viewers can also call the Federal Communication Commission’s consumer hotline at 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322) and press "6" to speak to a help desk representative. The call center is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Eastern time, seven days a week.
About NEWS CENTER Maine
NEWS CENTER Maine is a local media organization that connects with all of Maine through television broadcast, digital, social and streaming platforms. Our goal is to make life better for Mainers. NEWS CENTER Maine is the NBC affiliate in the WCSH 6 Portland and WLBZ 2 Bangor markets, and is owned by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets. Across platforms, TEGNA and NEWS CENTER Maine tell empowering stories, conduct impactful investigations and deliver innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit NEWSCENTERMaine.com
Kim Charland, Community Relations Director
NEWS CENTER Maine | WCSH 6 & WLBZ 2