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PostPoints tip: Rescan for digital TV channels today

The government recently pushed back the scheduled end for almost all analog television broadcasts from today to June 12, but stations can still turn off their analog transmissions today if they want to. Hundreds of them plan to do so, including a few smaller broadcasters in the Washington area and two network affiliates in Baltimore. People with analog sets will need to buy a digital converter box or a new TV to keep watching those channels, but if you've already taken either of those steps, you still have a task of your own waiting. You'll need to have the TV or converter rescan the digital airwaves to benefit from the upgrades these early switchers can make to their broadcasts after shutting off their analog transmitters. To do that, repeat the setup work you did after first powering up your TV hardware: Hit the remote's "menu" button and select an item labeled something like "scan for channels," which should have a prominent spot on the menu screen.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  February 17, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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