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How to rescan your antenna TV to watch KONG

If you watch TV with an antenna or use a digital converter box, you'll need to rescan your TV on December 15 to keep watching KONG.
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Good news! We are changing the over the air signal that people use to receive KONG with an antenna. 

On December 15, Seattle TV stations are switching to a new format of broadcast signal called ATSC 3.0, or NextGen TV. In order to keep watching KONG over the air, you will need to rescan your antenna TV on December 15.

Cable and satellite viewers will not need to rescan their TV.

Below we rounded up some frequently asked questions regarding a rescan.

What is it?

If you watch TV with an antenna or use a digital converter box, this will affect you. Again, cable and satellite viewers will not need to rescan their TV.  

On December 15, you’ll need to rescan your TV so you can keep watching KONG.

Why do I need to rescan?

If you want to keep watching your favorite shows on KONG, including KING 5 News on KONG, you’ll need to rescan.

How do I do it?

We've included a number of links here with easy-to-follow, step-by-step, illustrated instructions to SOME of the most popular brands of televisions.

I don't see my brand listed. What do I do?

Even among manufacturers, each television has its own steps for rescanning. Every remote is different, too, and often the words ENTER, OK or SELECT are interchangeable. The process is essentially the same.

In general, you need to get into the brains of your television to TELL it what you want to see. If you still have the owner's manual for your TV or converter box, now would be a great time to find it. We have included links here to popular television brands. You can use those links to find your model of television (usually shown on the rear of your set) to get the manual that matches.

To begin scanning for channels, use your remote to find the MENU or SETUP or SETTINGS function. The UP/DOWN and LEFT/RIGHT buttons help you move from step to step through the on-screen menu.


1 – Press the MENU button on your television or converter box remote.

2 – Go to SETUP or SETTINGS.



5 – Press ENTER, OK or SELECT to start the scan.

6 – Some televisions may warn you that starting a scan will reprogram your channels. That's OK! Reprogramming your tuner is exactly what you want to do to access the upgrades and new channels.

7 – Once the scan starts, it can take just a few minutes or 15 – 30 minutes to complete. DON'T stop the process once it starts.

8 – At this point, your scan should be done. Many televisions quit the process on their own, with others, you may need to select OK or EXIT on your remote.

NOTE: Some manufacturers have you use the LEFT/RIGHT arrow to access menu functions. Sometimes they throw you a curve ball and make the CHANNEL UP/DOWN and VOLUME UP/DOWN double as menu navigation. It can be a bit tricky, but if you're familiar with your television remote, you already know this stuff.

What now?

If all has gone according to plan, you’ll be able to watch all your favorite shows on KONG just as before!

Make sure your antenna has a clear, 360-degree view with no obstructions. If you are using a rabbit-ears style of indoor antenna, you may need to adjust it to maximize your digital signal. Unlike the "old days," if the digital signal is too weak, your tuner will not be able to decode and display the channel.