Milwaukee PBS Channel Frequencies To Change on January 8

Post Date

November 13, 2017

Milwaukee PBS Channel Frequencies To Change on January 8

Viewers Are Encouraged to ‘Plan to Scan’

Milwaukee, WI, November 13, 2017 – Milwaukee PBS announced today some of its digital subchannels are changing frequencies on January 8, 2018 and viewers who watch TV free with an over the air antenna will need to rescan their TVs to continue watching these stations. Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan. 

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a nation-wide 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.

Some Milwaukee PBS channels will be affected.  Here is the new lineup as of January 8, 2018:

                                               WMVS 10.1                             Milwaukee PBS 10

                                              WMVS 10.2                             Milwaukee PBS Create

                                              WMVS 10.3                             Milwaukee PBS KIDS 24/7

                                              WMVT 36.1                             Milwaukee PBS 36

                                             WMVT 36.2                             Milwaukee PBS WORLD                  

                                            WMVS 36.3                             Milwaukee PBS Weather                  


“Milwaukee PBS has been a part of this community for over 60 years, and we know that our viewers rely on us as the region’s premier public television broadcaster. Over the years, we’ve added these digital subchannels to increase our contribution to the community we serve, and that’s not going to change,” said Bohdan Zachary, General Manager of Milwaukee PBS. “Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible on our viewers to ensure they can keep watching the programs they love.”

TV stations must move frequencies occasionally as required by the FCC. This means viewers who use an antenna may have to rescan their TV sets more than once. To rescan on January 8, 2018, select "scan" or "autotune" on the TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on the remote control. This move is happening behind the scenes, so the channel number viewers know will not change.

Visit our website at for more information. Additionally,, a viewer resource provided by the National Association of Broadcasters, features the latest news and information on station changes nationwide. At, viewers can also sign up for mobile alerts and email updates to stay up-to-date on TV station changes.  

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About Milwaukee PBS

Milwaukee PBS is southeastern Wisconsin’s premier non-commercial media organization.  Milwaukee PBS consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and five additional digital television services.  The Milwaukee PBS stations are the area’s only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs. The stations are watched by over 614,329 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Milwaukee PBS is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College. MATC is a two-year vocational-technical college based in Milwaukee, WI offering day, evening and weekend classes on four campuses. For more information, visit



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