On January 8 at 9 am Milwaukee PBS will realign its channels. If you watch television on cable or satellite you don’t have to do anything. Your provider will take care of it.
However, if you watch television over-the-air using an antenna you will need to rescan, auto-tune or reprogram your television, by using your remote, so you can receive all of our channels.
The new channel configuration is needed because the FCC held a nationwide spectrum auction of television station bandwidths, to expand wireless services in order to meet the increasing needs for faster and higher capacity mobile broadband services. Milwaukee PBS, a licensee of Milwaukee Area Technical College, participated in the broadcast spectrum auction.
Here is the new line-up:
10.1 – WMVS HD
10.2 -- Milwaukee PBS Create
10.3 – Milwaukee PBS KIDS
36.1 – WMVT HD
36.2 – Milwaukee PBS World
36.3 – Milwaukee Weather
It won’t work if you do this ahead of time. What you can do ahead of time is brush up on the channel rescan process on your television. The process is slightly different for every brand of television and they may call the process several different names including – rescan, auto-tune, or reprogram. The process will allow your television to recognize the channel realignment. So pull out your owner’s manual or check online to find out exactly how to set up your television but don’t rescan until January 8.
First, remember if you watch television over cable or satellite you don’t have to rescan.
If you watch television over the air using an antenna you WILL need to RESCAN. Typically you use your remote to perform the rescan. You can follow the steps in your owner’s manual or look online. Since the process is a little different for each brand of TV we have provided some of the top television manufacturers’ information on how to perform a rescan. The process will vary depending on the model you have. The information below is intended to get you headed in the right direction. You can refine your research from there.
Note: The phone bank opens at 9 am and ends at 8 pm on January 8.
On January 8, Milwaukee PBS will have a phone bank open to help viewers who have trouble performing the scan. Viewers can call 414-297-6081 if they need help.
If you receive our channels over the air now it’s likely that you will not have any issues receiving our signal after you scan for the new channels. If on January 8 after you perform the scan you experience an intermittent signal you may wish to consider evaluating a different antenna.
If you are in the Milwaukee metro area an indoor antenna is likely all you will need to receive our signal. Place the antenna in a window facing the television towers located in Estabrook Park on Milwaukee’s northeast side.
If you live farther away from Milwaukee, you may need to consider an outdoor antenna that is installed above your roof line.
It’s important to note that there is no one size fits all antenna.
Put a note in your calendar so you will remember to scan your televisions you watch over the air. Remember, if you watch via satellite or cable you won’t have to do anything. Your provider will do it for you. If you have any questions please email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-297-7520.
Make a date, plan to scan on January Eight!