UPDATE: Did you lose NPT? Try these steps to recover our broadcast signal.
- If you rescanned earlier in the day on July 3, try again now.
- Check antennaweb.org to make sure you’re pointing your VHF antenna in the right direction. And if necessary, rescan.
- Still can’t receive our signal? It’s possible you’re in an area where our signal is weak, in which case you may not be able to receive our signal until we are operating at full strength on our new antenna. That’s expected to be in four or five weeks. In the meantime, please find our streaming programming at video.wnpt.org.
On July 3, 2020, Nashville Public Television will move to a new frequency, per Federal Communications Commission requirements. When this happens, viewers who watch NPT via an over-the-air antenna will need to rescan their TVs to continue receiving the station. Don’t worry – rescanning is easy! Also, after the frequency change (and your rescan), we will still be found at our usual channel numbers: 8.1 (NPT), 8.2 (NPT2) and 8.3 (NPT3 PBS Kids).
Note: Viewers will not need to purchase new equipment or services. Viewers who watch NPT through cable or satellite service won’t need to do anything (service providers will take care of that).
In order to comply with the FCC’s frequency change, NPT will have to install a new broadcast antenna. The first step of this is a temporary move to a lower-power antenna. Then, during the installation of the new antenna, we will be reducing signal power for 4 to 5 weeks to ensure the safety of the construction workers. Thus, if you use an antenna and cannot receive our signal on July 3, you’ll need to rescan once our new broadcast antenna has been installed and is operating at full-power.
More details and regular updates about NPT’s frequency change can be found on our rescan website: wnpt.org/rescan.
How to rescan
For most TVs, the channel scan prompt is located in the “channel set-up” or “broadcast set-up” menu item. If you cannot find these or similar options, check your owner’s manual or search for your television’s specific instructions online. Remember: Cable and satellite services will do the rescanning on their end.
Why is NPT changing frequencies?
The FCC held an auction in 2017 to reallocate TV broadcast airwaves for wireless internet broadband services. As a result, thousands of stations are required to move frequencies to make room for wireless internet carriers. Other stations in the Middle Tennessee area have already done so; now it’s our turn.
For more information and regular updates visit: wnpt.org/rescan.