NPT's Rescan Day July 3, 2020

On July 3rd NPT will be moving to a new frequency, as required by law by the Federal Communications Commission.

If you are a cable or satellite subscriber this should not affect you.

Our viewers who use an antenna will need to rescan to continue to receive their favorite PBS & NPT programming, but don't worry – it's easy. It’s the same scan that you did when you set up your TV or converter box for the first time. Our channel numbers will not change.

As we install our new antenna, we will be reducing the power for the safety of the construction workers for 4-5 weeks.

To begin rescanning, find the remote control that changes your channels.

  1. Press Menu
  2. Select Channel Setup or Broadcast Setup on the menu (if you can’t find these options, check your owner’s manual or search for your television’s specific instructions online)
  3. Choose Auto Programming or Auto Scan, then select Air, then Start.
  4. Your TV will automatically rescan available signals so all your channels tune in again.

If you have rescanned and still cannot receive our signal, try changing the position of your antenna.

After you rescan your TV, you will still find us at our usual channel numbers: 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3.

How to Rescan Your TV to Get Channels with Antenna

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Rescan FAQ

Why did NPT change its frequency?

In 2017, Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide more channels for wireless broadband services. As a result, and to comply with the law, we are required to install a new broadcast antenna to enable our frequency to change.

Learn more from the FCC's FAQ pages.

If I have cable or satellite, do I need to rescan?

No, cable and satellite customers do not need to take any action. If you notice our channel missing, please contact us.

When do I need to rescan?

July 3, 2020

If you do not see our channel after you rescan, you may live in an area with a weak signal due to our antenna being at low-power. Please know that this issue should be resolved within 4 – 5 weeks and continue to visit this page for further updates.

I can't find rescan on my TV.

All televisions are different. 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.

Find your TV manual online here.

Do I need to buy a new antenna or any other equipment?

If you were able to receive NPT's signal in the past year, you will be able to receive it after this transition.

For more information on antennas, please visit our FAQ here.

Where are NPT's tower and transmitter located?

Our tower and transmitter are located in Davidson County off of Old Hickory Blvd. in Brentwood, Tenn.

What do I need to know about NPT's antenna running on low power after July 3rd?

The first part of our move to a new channel and new antenna is a move to a low-power antenna. 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.

Can I watch NPT online if I lose signal after July 3rd?

Yes! Many of our programs shown on-air are also available online at the time of broadcast.

However, sometimes we purchase shows especially for our NPT viewers. Some of these programs have strict rules about online streaming. If you cannot a find the show on our video channel, please note that it may be one of these special purchases.

Visit to find your favorite programs online.

Need more help?

For additional information, visit or contact the FCC’s spectrum repack consumer hotline at 1-888-CALLFCC (1-888-225-5322) and press “6” to speak to someone at the help desk. The center is staffed from 7 a.m. to midnight Central time, seven days a week.