In mid-September, the Idaho Public Television signal broadcasting from the translator near Hagerman, Idaho, will be re-channeled.
Between Sept. 18 and 30, viewers in the area who receive IdahoPTV via an over-the-air antenna will lose their signal and will need to perform a rescan of their digital TV sets or tuners in order to receive the updated channels.
Information on performing a rescan is located here: fcc.gov/rescan.
If the rescan does not display the new channel, it may be necessary to follow these additional steps:
- Turn off the television set or converter box
- Unplug the power to the TV or box
- Disconnect the antenna from the TV or box
- Wait 10 minutes
- Plug the power back into the TV or box
- Rescan the channels with the antenna still unattached
- When the scan is complete, reattach the antenna and rescan channels again.
Last year, as part of the FCC’s nationwide Broadcast Spectrum Incentive Auction, telecommunications company T-Mobile purchased spectrum in the 600 MHz block across the continental United States to bolster their cellular network. The Hagerman translator sits in the middle of T-Mobile’s purchased spectrum and is required to change channels or terminate operations entirely. IdahoPTV was successful in applying for and receiving a new channel assignment to continue broadcasting in the area.
“A nod should be given to T-Mobile in that they graciously offered to pay for the equipment and services necessary to relocate our service to a new channel,” says Rich Van Genderen, Idaho Public Television’s director of technology. “So although this is an inconvenience, at least it isn’t an unfunded mandate for us to meet.”