Tools available to help stations facing repack

Numerous tools are available to help the numerous television stations in Illinois that are affected by the recent broadcast spectrum incentive auction.

The National Association of Broadcasters has built a website with resources for station as well as information for the audience to explain how the changes affect them.

For the audience:

–No new equipment is needed
–Over-the-air viewers will have to rescan their channels after a station changes frequencies
–The frequency change does not mean stations will be changing channels. All stations will remain on the same channels as they currently appear on your TV

Stations will have to communicate to viewers when the frequency change is happening so they know when they will have to rescan their television channels.

The website also lists the stations scheduled to change and the window of dates in which they will be making a change. Any station that knows the date of their changeover is asked to contact the IBA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

What is Spectrum Repacking?

As part of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is authorized to repack the television band by assigning television stations to new channels. This process will pose significant challenges for the broadcast industry. Repacked television stations will need to complete channel moves. Radio stations and non-repacked television stations may also be affected if they are located on or near a tower with a repacked television station. NAB is committed to helping stations understand and prepare for the repack.

On April 13, the FCC released a public notice announcing the results of the auction and outlining which stations will be moving along with their new channel assignments. Nearly 1,000 stations will be moved to new channels. The release of this notice also starts a 90-day shot clock on submitting applications for repack construction and reimbursement estimates. The first station moves will begin in November 2018.