UPDATE Nov. 6: WSRE is transiting to a new antenna and transmitter. We are currently operating at low power during the transition. Viewers who watch WSRE using an antenna that live west of our transmitter located in Baldwin Alabama may have difficulty receiving the signal. We are in the final stage of this transition. The tower crew, manufactures and technical crews are working as quickly and safely as possible. We anticipate returning to full power next week and striving to achieve this sooner.
Viewers using antennas will need to rescan TVs on Oct. 25
PENSACOLA, Fla., October 2, 2019 ― WSRE is moving frequencies at 12 a.m. Oct. 25, and viewers who watch TV for free with an over-the-air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue watching the station’s channels: WSRE, WSRE World, WSRE Create and WSRE PBS KIDS. Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch WSRE channels through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan; their service provider will do it for them.
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. WSRE did not participate in the auction; however, the FCC is requiring this station and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services.
TV stations must move frequencies at different times as required by the FCC. This means viewers who use an antenna may have to rescan their TV sets more than once.
To rescan on Oct. 25, 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.
Additionally, TVAnswers.org, a viewer resource provided by the National Association of Broadcasters, features the latest news and information on station changes nationwide and instructions for rescanning. Visit wsre.org or call WSRE at 850-484-1200 to learn more.