COLUMBUS, OHIO, April 6, 2020 – WOSU Public Media announced that it has moved the frequencies for its four television channels – WOSU TV 34.1, WOSU Kids 34.4, WOSU Plus 34.3 and WOSU Ohio 34.2 – on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Viewers who watch TV for free with an over-the-air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue watching the channels.
Rescanning is when a TV finds all of the available channels in an area. It is a straightforward process. Viewers select “scan” or “autotune” from their TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions usually are available by pressing the “set-up” or “menu” buttons on the TV’s remote control. Viewers can visit wosu.org/rescan/ for more information and to access a quick how-to video. Anyone with additional questions can call the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322, press 6 for more information) or call WOSU Public Media directly at 614-292-9678.
Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch WOSU through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan – those service providers will do it. The channel numbers that viewers know will not change.
“As the coronavirus takes hold in Central Ohio, WOSU Public Media is focused on serving our mission with radio, television and digital programming that is unique and important to our audience,” said Tom Rieland, general manager of WOSU Public Media. “We continue to ramp up new services almost daily. At the same time, we had to transition WOSU TV to comply with the FCC mandate that resulted in the installation of a new transmitter and antenna on our tower in Westerville. That work was delayed by rain and high winds over the past two weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience and are pleased to be back transmitting at 100% power so all our viewers can access information vital during this public health crisis.”
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 required WOSU and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services. Learn more about the process on the FCC website.
About WOSU Public Media
The mission of WOSU Public Media is to engage, inform and inspire our diverse community. An NPR and PBS affiliate, WOSU is a noncommercial multimedia organization serving over two million citizens in Central Ohio through broadcast, digital, programming, events and education experiences. A licensee of The Ohio State University, member-supported WOSU Public Media moves its headquarters and studios to the new 15+HIGH District on campus in 2021. Learn more at wosu.org.
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