Numerous tools are available to help the 28 television stations in Wisconsin that are affected by the recent broadcast spectrum incentive auction.
The National Association of Broadcasters has built a website with resources for station as well as information for the audience to explain how the changes affect them.
For the audience:
–No new equipment is needed
–Over-the-air viewers will have to rescan their channels after a station changes frequencies
–The frequency change does not mean stations will be changing channels. All stations will remain on the same channels as they currently appear on your TV
Stations will have to communicate to viewers when the frequency change is happening so they know when they will have to rescan their television channels.
The website also lists the stations scheduled to change and the window of dates in which they will be making a change. Any station that knows the date of their changeover is asked to contact the WBA (email@example.com) so NAB can update the TV Answers website with the most up-to-date information for viewers.
Additional resources for stations are available by contacting Kyle Geissler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most stations affected by the auction are changing frequencies and some are going off the air. The changes are happening in stages. The earliest stations in Wisconsin to be affected are five stations that are part of Phase 2 running from Dec. 1, 2018 to April 12, 2019. The last station affected is part of Phase 10 which starts in May 2020.