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Q&A on Local TV After an ATSC 3.0 Switch

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Q&A > How Can I Get Local Stations That Switched to ATSC 3.0?
 
ATSC 3.0

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This week's question comes from Ronald who says, "Several Over-the-Air TV stations in Orlando have upgraded to the NextGen ATSC 3.0 standard and now I can't watch or record them. What can I do?"

The new ATSC 3.0 Over-the-Air broadcast standard is slowly rolling out across the United States. While it's true that receiving NextGen broadcasts requires a newer compatible tuner or TV, there's no need to rush out and buy one to keep watching your favorite channels.

Why? As part of the ATSC 3.0 rollout process, local stations must also continue to broadcast in the existing ATSC 1.0 format for at least five years. When a station starts testing or broadcasting in ATSC 3.0, its ATSC 1.0 broadcasts will often move to a different frequency to accommodate this requirement. That means Ronald should have no problem picking up or recording his local stations again after running a rescan on his current TV or DVR.

Even if Roland were to get an ATSC 3.0-capable TV or tuner, he wouldn't see much benefit at the moment as today's broadcasts contain the same programming available via ATSC 1.0 and don't take advantage of the 4K video or enhanced audio capabilities the new standard promises. 

 
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DEALS > 20% Off Mohu TV Antennas, & More
 
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WHAT'S ON > Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
 
Queens on ABC
 
  • Catch the premiere of Home Sweet Home where real families swap lives for a week - October 15th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC
     
  • Tune into the new food show La Frontera With Pati Jinich - October 15th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
     
  • Rami Malek hosts and Young Thug performs on Saturday Night Live - October 16th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global 
     
  • Crime drama Baptiste returns for season 2 - October 17th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
     
  • Catch the special Howie Mandel & Friends: Don't Sneeze on Me - October 18th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
     
  • See the news special The Real Queens of Hip-Hop: The Women Who Changed the Game - October 18th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV 
     
  • The Bachelorette returns for season 18 - October 19th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
     
  • Catch the series premiere of the new drama Queens - October 19th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
     
  • The Blacklist returns for its 9th season - October 21st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
     
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