LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Louisville is scheduled to introduce new digital television technology for over-the-air broadcasts in September.
The NextGen TV service will enhance viewing with ultra-high definition video, sharper images and cinema-quality sound. The service is free, but viewers will need to rescan their compatible TVs to ensure they continue to watch programming from Block Communications stations and networks, including WDRB (Fox), WBKI (CW), Antenna, ION, Newsy, True Real , Defy and MyNetwork.
About half of the United States currently has NextGen TV technology, sometimes referred to as ATSC 3.0, which will roll out September 12 at 8 a.m. in Louisville. The change means viewers watching TV wirelessly will have to rescan this Monday afternoon.
As the technology is introduced, more features will be added to digital television programming, including a personalized navigation guide, more informative emergency alerts and access to bonus content, including sporting events. Plans are even in the works to allow viewers to select multiple camera angles while watching!
Viewers need an antenna to receive free local channels like WDRB that broadcast NextGen TV. Unless viewers have an ATSC 3.0 compliant television, they will watch the program in standard definition (SD) instead of high definition (HD), but they can watch the program for free.
How to scan again
If you depend on an antenna to watch free over-the-air TV, you’ll need to rescan your TV after 8 a.m. September 12 to continue receiving WDRB, WBKI and other stations in Louisville. The rescan should be done on Monday afternoon to ensure the upgrades are complete.
When you rescan, your TV will find all available channels in your area. You don’t need to buy new equipment or services to rescan. If you are a cable or satellite subscriber, a rescan is not required.
How to rescan your antenna TV
- Select Scan or Autotune from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process.
- Your television will do the rest. This process usually takes a few minutes.
Once your rescan is complete, you’ll still find WDRB and WBKI (plus their associated side channels) on the same channel numbers as before. 58.1 – 58.6.
If you’re having trouble rescanning, you can usually find instructions by selecting the “Set-Up” or “Menu” button on your TV or converter box remote control. You can also consult the TV or converter box user manual for detailed instructions on how to scan channels, or contact the customer service of your TV or converter box manufacturer.
For step-by-step instructions on using your antenna to scan for channels, this video from the FCC is a step-by-step guide:
While you can watch NextGen TV without being connected to the internet, there are advantages to being connected to the internet. NextGen TV and an internet connection improve the viewing of sports, news and live events – in real time.
Viewers should ensure that future TV purchases are set up for NextGen TV. These TVs are designed to be upgradable with advancements in data broadcasting. Many new televisions from LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony are already equipped to receive NextGen TV. Hisense TVs will be available later this summer and more TV brands are expected to jump on the bandwagon.
Similar to current TV shows, NextGen TV will primarily be a free service for viewers. In the future there may be major events that are only available on a pay-per-view basis.
To learn more about NextGen TV, click here.
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