Basin PBS Channel Line Up Change

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Viewers are encouraged to ‘Plan to Scan’

Permian Basin, Texas  October 23, 2018 — Basin PBS announced today that it’s digital substation is moving frequency on December 1, 2018, and viewers who watch TV for free with an over-the-air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue watching Basin PBS. Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch through a cable or satellite provider/service do not need to rescan — your service provider will do it for you.

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of station bandwidth to provide more channels for wireless Internet broadband services. While Basin PBS did not participate in this auction, we were mandated by the FCC to change channelsfrom channel 38 to channel 28 effective December 1, 2018.

“Basin PBS has been a part of the Permian Basin community for a long time and we know that our viewers rely on us as the area’s only access to public television — that’s not going to change!” said Dr. Robert Brescia, Basin PBS Board Chair. “Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible for our viewers to ensure they can continue watching the programs they love.”

The FCC has required affected TV stations to move frequencies at different times to minimize interference between stations as they change frequencies. This means viewers who use an antenna may have to rescan their TV sets more than once. To rescan on December 1, 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. 

About Basin PBS
Basin PBS is a community owned and operated 501(c)(3) non-profit service to the Permian Basin. Donations to Basin PBS are tax-deductible and help promote life-long learning through local public television educational programs like WEST­ERN PERSPECTIVE and through outreach services to West Texas children and adults. Basin PBS is the only local source for trusted PBS programs such as MAS­TERPIECE, NOVA, CURIOUS GEORGE, GREAT PERFORMANCES, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, FRONTLINE and more.