Plan to Scan

Plan to Scan December 1, 2018
Basin PBS Realigns its Channel

On December 1 Basin PBS will realign its channel. If you watch television on cable or satellite you don’t have to do a thing. 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, using your remote, so you can receive our channel. The new channel configuration is needed because the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a spectrum auction that allowed stations to sell some of their bandwidth. Basin PBS did not participated in the auction, but we were required bt the FCC to realign our channel. 

Basin PBS will move from channel 38 to channel 28 on December 1, 2018.

When to Scan

This is important, you won’t be able to rescan, auto-tune or reprogram until December 1. 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 December 1.

Rescanning Your Television

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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. 




  • Instructions for the Sony Bravia 


  • From Toshiba’s verified YouTube account 


  • From Vizio’s YouTube account 


  • Instructions for the Panasonic Viera 



Troubleshooting — Use Our Phone Bank on December 1
Note: The phone bank opens at 8:30am and ends at 5pm on December 1.

family using remote

On December 1, Basin PBS will have a phone bank open to help viewers who have trouble performing the scan. Viewers can call 432-563-5728 if they need help. Watch on air and visit to learn more as December 1st approaches. 


Problems Receiving Our Programs

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 December 1, after you perform the scan you experience an intermittent signal you may wish to consider evaluating a different antenna.

It’s important to note that there is no one size fits all antenna. 

You can also seek advice from the Internet or stores where antennas are sold. 

Schedule Your Scan 

December 2018 calendar

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. Make a date, plan to scan on December 1st!


If you have any questions please email us at or call 432-563-5728.

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