PLATTSBURGH — Antenna TV viewers must re-scan their televisions to get WVTB and WVMA right now.

“By law about 1,000 stations nationwide have to move their frequency to make room for wireless services,” Rob Volmer, spokesperson for TVAnswers.org, said.

“This is from the FCC. Stations are moving at different times. Some in your backyard have already successfully moved today.”

Approximately, 72 million Americans watch television over the air for free.

“They don't use cable,” Volmer said.

“They don't use satellite. As of right now, stations have been promoting this and talking about it, but there are so many that you are probably unaware. Right now if you try to use your antenna to view programming on these stations, you will be unable to unless you have re-scanned your television.”

On your television, remote control or converter box on older televisions, select scan or auto-tune from the control menu to start the scanning process.

“The TV will automatically do the rest," Volmer said.

"It usually takes just a couple of minutes, and you should be good to go. Once your re-scan is complete, you will have access to the same programming you did before.”

WVMA is based in Winchendon, Mass., and WVTB, the PBS affiliate, is based in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

“These two particular ones do service the Burlington/Plattsburgh market,” Volmer said.

Consumers can go there to www.TVAnswers.org to get more in-depth instructions on how to re-scan televisions.

“If they have any questions or concerns, there are some resources for them there to turn to, to help if they have difficulty with this process,” he said.

This is Phase 7 of the process.

“For the past 12 months, stations have been moving in batches,” Volmer said.

“It's a big deal. It's important for weather, emergency alerts and things of that nature. It's important for people to be able to access television.”

Every television is manufactured with an internal antennae.

“The analog televisions, you would have a converter box,” Volmer said.

“If you go out and buy a new TV today, it has a digital tuner in it. You don't have to have cable or satellite television in order to watch TV. You can watch it over the air.

“You go through the television-scanning process, there are a bunch of free TV options that will come up for you. You don't have to pay extra. It's good to know. Seventy-two million Americans do it.”

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