Digital Transition May Require Re-Scan


Wednesday, June 10th 2009, 6:39 pm
By: News 9


By Dan Bewley and Scott Thompson, for NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- It's two days and counting until every television broadcast will be digital.  That means, unless you have cable or use a satellite, you'll need to re-scan your converter box.  NEWS 9 and our sister station made the switch in February. But, by the end of the week, some signals will have changed and your converter box will need to be re-scanned.

The switch to digital broadcasts comes full circle on Friday.  When television stations turn off the analog signal and begin broadcasting exclusively on digital, the channels your converter box now recognizes will be different.

"They're going to be changing some of the channels and some of the numbers.  So, some of the numbers you are already picking up you will no longer be able to after June 12," said Randy Beach with Video Revolution.

Re-scanning will allow you to find the new channels.

Each converter box is different but the principles are the same.  On your converter box remote control press either "menu" or "set up", that will take you to "settings", press okay or enter to get to "function," press okay or enter once again to get to "auto scan" and press okay or enter a final time. The converter box will do the rest.

Some converter boxes may skip a few of those steps, but it's important to keep in mind that "menu" and "set-up" are the same and will take you to the same place.  Once there, look for a phrase with the word "scan" or channel set up in it.

"You'll typically have a setup button or a menu button and when you hit menu it will ask you if you want to do a full channel scan, you just press okay, you sit back and just watch.  It may take 30 minutes at times, but it'll pick up all the channels that you're receiving," said Beach.

If you have any questions after the switch on Friday, check out News9.com's DTV Page.