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As part of the FCC’s mandatory “spectrum repack”, WOWK-TV must relocate it’s signal to a new over the air channel. Before the switchover to this new frequency, will have to operate on a lower power antenna. Unfortunately, some people in our viewing area who watch TV over the air with an antenna may not be able to receive WOWK-TV until we are back to full power.

We have tried to minimize the amount of time we are at reduced power operation. We understand the frustration this might cause, and we are working hard to minimize the impact. By July 3, 2020, we will be on our permanent transmitter and antenna which will reach our viewing areas.

In the meantime, you can view WOWK-TV news content on our website WOWKTV.COM and on our various station apps.

You can watch WOWK-TV on YouTube TV, Hulu, and DirecTV Now.

For more information, visit TVAnswers.org.

WOWK-TV will be moving to a different frequency so if you use an antenna to watch TV for free, you might have rescan your television set after July 3, 2020, to continue receiving WOWK-TV programming.


Below are instructions to different TV manufactures on how to scan and set up the TV if viewers are having problems finding how to scan their TV set. 

Please note that in addition to the auto-scan instructions below, many TV’s also have the option to manually add a channel somewhere in the settings/channel scan menu.  If viewers are having difficulty doing an auto scan, you should try to walk them through adding the channel manually. 

Keep in mind that when manually adding a channel, you will need them to enter the RF CHANNEL NUMBER, not the virtual channel number.  Once the channel is manually added, they may be able to reposition their antenna to optimize signal strength.  Again, depending on the TV model, most have a setting somewhere in the channel scan menu that allows for a signal strength meter display so that the antenna position can be optimized. 

Adding HD Channels to VIZIO 

  • With your VIZIO remote, make sure you have the “TV” input selected and press the input button. 
  • Press the MENU button, and the TV’s menu should appear. Using the arrow keys (the keys surrounding the “OK”,“Menu” or “Logo” button on the remote) navigate until you find the “TV TUNER MENU”. 
  •  Use the arrow keys to highlight “Tuner Mode”, which should be the first option on the menu. Select cable (for any cable or coaxial connection). 
  • Once the option is highlighted, you should be able to change it using the arrows. Once you confirm that the Tuner Mode is set correctly, highlight the “Auto Search” option, press the right arrow and your TV will scan for all available channels. Let it finish completely. The scan usually takes 5-10 minutes. 
  • Once the scan is complete, you should be able to surf channels normally with the HD channels available as well.

Adding HD Channels to Samsung 

  • Open the TV’s menu and select “Channel Setup” or “Channels.” 
  • Select the “Auto Store” or “Automatic Scan” option by scrolling with the channel buttons. Press the “Enter” button to begin the scan. The TV will scan for all available channels including HD. 
  • Once complete, the HD channels should be available. 

Adding HD Channels to LG 

  •  Press “Menu” on the remote control/TV set.
  •  Select “Setup” on the menu and press OK. 
  •  Select “Auto-Tuning” and press OK. 
  •  Select “Start” and then press OK. 
  • The television will begin to search all available bands for channels. 
  • You don’t have to choose if you are using cable or antenna because the TV searches for both OTA analog and digital signals.

Adding HD Channels to Sony 

  • Press “Menu” on the remote control/TV set. 
  •  Select “Setup” on the menu and press OK. 
  •  Press ENTER and you should see an option to scan the available channels for cable. 
  • Select “Start” and then press OK. 
  • Once completed, the HD channels should be present. 

Adding HD Channels to Westinghouse 

  •  Find the model number of your TV. It should be on the back of  your TV set. One tuner should work and the other shouldn’t. 
  • There are two tuners: QAM and ATSC. 
  • QAM – The one that UConn supports. QAM is used strictly for digital cable. However, it isn’t mandated so TV manufacturers have the option of using it or leaving it out. So one has to check to see if their specific TV set has the proper tuner. 
  • ATSC – Not supported by UConn, as it doesn’t use digital. 
  • If you don’t have the QAM tuner, they could either return the TV set for one that has the correct tuner or get the digital adapter. 
  •  If you have the correct tuner, go to the menu on the TV set and choose “Cable/Antenna” set up. Select which one you are using. 
  •  After making the correct selection, there should be a menu function for channel auto-scan. 
  • Select “Auto-Scan”, which will send the set into auto channel mode. 1.  This could take up to 30 minutes.
  •  Once completed, the auto-scan message goes away and the HD channels should be present. 

Other Manufacturers 

  • Press “Menu” on the TV screen. Multiple tabs should appear. 
  • Go to “Setup” or “Settings”. 
  • There should be an option called “Channels” (Other TV sets might say “System”) Go to “Scan Channels”. (Other TV sets might say “Program Channels”, “Autoscan”, “Autoprogram”, or“Autotuning”.) 
  • Press either “Select”, “Enter” or “OK” to start the scan.
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