Officials with RSU Public TV are changing the station's channel from channel 36 to channel 32, on Monday, Feb. 11, as part of a "repackaging" mandate from the FCC.
The mandatory move will affect three stations in the Tulsa television market including RSU 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.
“This is really a blessing for us. Our transmitter is at end of life. With a new transmitter, we will operate for the next 20 years," said Royal Aills, general manager of RSU Public TV.
Viewers on cable and satellite should not be affected.
Viewers who watch TV over the air with an antenna will need to rescan their TV’s at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11.
“Viewers who have trouble rescanning their TV’s can go to our website at rsu.tv or call for instruction on who to rescan," Aills said. "We will also have a phone bank set up should anyone want to call. We will walk them through the rescan."
The phone bank number is 1-800-823-7210.
How to rescan
Viewers using the over the air antenna should select “scan” or “autotune” on their 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. No additional equipment purchases is required.
More about RSU Public TV
RSU Public TV has been on the air for 37 years and is the only university-owned public TV station in Oklahoma. For more information, persons interested may visit www.rsu.tv.