KTLA 5 Is Changing Frequencies – What It Means For You
Monday, March 18, 2019 at noon, KTLA is changing the frequency it uses to broadcast its television signal.
If you use an antenna to watch TV for free, you must re-scan your television set or converter box on March 18th after 12:00PM noon to continue receiving KTLA. Cable and satellite viewers are not affected.
How To Rescan
Anytime after March 18th at noon:
- Find your TV remote control or converter box remote.
- Press Menu
- Press Set Up – if your television/converter box doesn’t list this, please check the owner’s manual/operating guide.
- Choose Antenna
- Choose Channel Scan or Auto Tune; the TV will now automatically scan for all available channels. This might take a few minutes to complete.
- If the channel doesn’t appear, try the rescan procedure again.
KTLA Technology Reporter Rich Demuro explains how the process works in this clip:
Why are stations moving?
Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – the agency that governs the public airwaves – to hold an auction to provide more channels for wireless broadband services.
Now that the auction is complete, the FCC is requiring nearly 1,000 TV stations to change frequencies.
For additional information on how to re-scan the channels on your TV, wach the videos below. You can also get more information at
La meteoróloga de KTLA, Vera Jiménez, explica el día de rescan (“día de re-escaneo”) en español en este video clip:
Change is coming to antenna TV.
Americans depend on their local broadcast stations for the most trusted news, weather and emergency information – not to mention the best entertainment on TV.
By law, many TV stations are moving to new frequencies between now and 2020. If you watch TV for free, using an antenna, you must take action to keep your channels. Any time after a station moves, rescan your TV or converter box to continue to receive your local TV stations. Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area. Because stations must move at different times, you may need to rescan your TV more than once.
No new devices, equipment or services are needed to rescan.
Broadcasters are committed to serving their local communities and making these changes as easy as possible for viewers. Use the tool to the right to find out which stations are moving frequencies and when, and what you need to do to keep watching the local TV you rely upon.