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Rescan: Broadcast Frequencies Changing

What happened?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ordered local broadcasters to change the frequencies of their channels in a phased program that began in 2019 and concluded May 1, 2020. This was an FCC mandated change, and MPT complied with the order. Other broadcasters in our area also changed their frequencies at the same times.

Who was affected?

Only viewers who use an antenna to watch our free over-the-air broadcasts were affected. These viewers needed to perform a rescan on their television or converter box in order to continue viewing our channels.

Cable or satellite customers were not be required to do anything. This includes customers of Comcast, Verizon, Dish, Direct TV and others. The providers made the change for you and your television viewing continued seamlessly on the same channels you currently use.

How to rescan your televisions

Over-the-air antenna users only:

1. Select Scan or Autotune from your television or converter box control menu to start the scanning process.

2. Your television will automatically find the new broadcast frequency for MPT. This process usually takes a few minutes to complete. Although the broadcast frequency will change, MPT’s channel numbers will not. When the process is complete, you will still find MPT on the same channel number under the new frequency. If you do not rescan, you will see snow on your television set.

Need more assistance? If you have further questions:

1. Call MPT Viewer Services at 1-410-581-4292 or toll-free 1-800-522-8915.

2. For complete rescan instructions, please visit: You will need to know the manufacturer and model number of your television set or converter box in order to get specific instructions on how to rescan.

3. Call the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at toll-free 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322) and press "6" to speak to a help desk representative.


Annapolis WMPT 22

Frederick WFPT 62

Hagerstown WWPB 31

Oakland WGPT 36

Owings Mills WMPB 67

Salisbury WCPB 28

How to Rescan Your TV to Get Channels with Antenna