Public TV is moving from channel 36 to channel 32 on Feb. 11 as part of a “repacking” effort.
Repacking is mandatory by the and will affect three stations in the Tulsa television market, including Public TV.
By definition, repacking is the process of moving broadcasters into a smaller and more tightly packed spectrum band in order to free up broadcast spectrum for wireless carriers nation wide, resulting in the need to upgrade out-dated equipment.
Royal Aills, general manager of Public TV says, “This is really a blessing for us. Our transmitter is at the end of its life. With a new transmitter, we will operate for the next 20 years.”
Viewers on cable and satellite should not be affected. Those who watch TV over the air with an antenna will need to rescan their TV’s on Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.
Aills says, “Viewers who have trouble rescanning their TV’s can go to our website at rsu.tv or call for instruction on how to rescan. We will also have a phone bank set up should anyone want to call. We will walk them through the rescan.” That number is 1-800-823-7210.
So how do you rescan your TVs? 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” button on the remote control. This move is happening behind the scenes, so the channel number viewers know will not change. No additional equipment purchases is required.
Public TV has been on the air for 37 years and is the only university-owned public TV station in Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.rsu.tv.