KBTX in Bryan/College Station has a signal that reaches into the northern and northwestern fringes of Houston from its tower in Bedias. They are also affected by the nationwide repacking of the broadcast band, and their big rescan day is Monday. The signal will move from RF 50 to RF 16.
KBTX is advising its viewers to rescan on Monday, February 10 to keep access to CBS, CW and Telemundo programs broadcast on channel 3.
Thanks to reader John D. for the tip.
Mike McGuff reports that SBS is spinning off KTBU 55, currently running Mega TV in Spanish, to Tegna, owners of KHOU 11.
No programming plans have been announced. I wouldn’t be surprised if KTBU winds up as an ATSC 3.0 host station, though.
And all you will need is brand-new equipment!
Houston has been announced as one of the first markets where NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) will roll out later this year. The standard allows for more and higher-definition channels, better sound, and two-way capabilities. New receivers and tuners are being announced, and the new standard looks like it’s a go.
“But where?” I hear you ask? Based on the list of participating broadcasters, Univisión and Fox are the only one that owns stations in this market. My money is on Univisión being the one to roll out the first ATSC 3.0 signal because they are already simulcasting their two networks on both of their channels, Univisión on KXLN 45.1 and KFTH 67.5, and Unimás on KFTH 67.1 and KXLN 45.2.
Viewers who receive KTMD channel 47 over the air will need to rescan their TVs today (May 18) to continue receiving the station. As part of the repack, the station is moving from frequency 48 to frequency 22.
Si desea más información en español, está disponible en el sitio web de Telemundo.
More information in Spanish is available on Telemundo’s website.
At the time of writing, the new frequency 22 signal is activated with a test pattern on channel 47-22. If you are still seeing channels 47-1, 47-2, and 47-3 in addition to the test pattern on 47-22, the move has not been completed yet and you will need to rescan again once the old frequency 48 signal goes away.
CourtTV started out life as a basic cable channel showing trial coverage most of the day. After parent Turner rebranded the channel as TruTV, courtroom coverage has shrunk on that channel, and a lot of the legal-related programs have surfaced on Justice TV.
Now, Katz Broadcasting, a division of E.W. Scripps, is bringing the original name and format to over-the-air television with the May 8 launch of CourtTV on digital channels nationwide.
In Houston, programming is scheduled to debut on KEHO 32.2 at launch. However, it is planned to move to KIAH 39.5 in November according to the channel’s website.
It’s another RESCAN DAY this Friday. The NAB’s TVAnswers website reports that KUBE channel 57 is changing frequencies May 3, so be sure to rescan your sets.
The NAB’s TVAnswers.org website advises that KZJL moved frequencies on Monday and KUVM and KIAH moved today. So in case you didn’t rescan your TV earlier for KVQT, go ahead and do so now to keep those three stations.
But don’t relax. The BIG rescan day is coming up Friday as KTMD and KYAZ are scheduled to shift to their new broadcast frequencies.
(Edited to reflect KTMD moving. KUBE will be postponed to another date.)
KVQT channel 21 is advising that it is moving frequencies Monday, April 8 at 4 p.m. They state the new signal on frequency 14 will provide better coverage in the Houston area. (It will also block out any chance of receiving KBTX from Bryan after their frequency change in the last phas of the repack.)
The rescan day for KXLN that was scheduled for earlier this week has been moved to tomorrow, Saturday, January 26.
The first of several rescan days is coming to Houston on Tuesday, January 22. Viewers using an antenna to receive their television will need to rescan to keep access to Univision’s KXLN, channel 45.
KXLN will be changing frequencies from 45 to 30, but you will still tune to channel 45 to see Univision.
Due to the repacking of the broadcast spectrum, several stations in Houston will be changing frequencies throughout the spring and summer of this year.
The National Association of Broadcasters has set up a helpful website, www.tvanswers.org, to answer questions about the repack. You can also set up an email alert to receive notification of future rescan days.