KIRO 7 moving to new frequency Oct. 19. Here's how to rescan your TV

KIRO 7 moving to new frequency Oct. 19.

On October 19 at 1 a.m., KIRO 7 will move to a new frequency – along with many other local TV stations. The move is required by the Federal Communications Commission.

If you watch KIRO 7 on a cable or satellite provider, you don't need to do anything.

If you watch KIRO 7 for free using an antenna, you'll need to rescan your channels after 1 a.m. on October 19. Here how to rescan your TV:

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How to rescan

Watch this tutorial to learn how to rescan your TVs and converter boxes after 1 a.m. on October 19 to find KIRO 7.

You do no need to purchase any equipment or services.

Rescanning is a straightforward process: select "scan" or "autotune" from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on your remote control.

Instructions for specific TVs

For detailed instructions on how to rescan for a specific brand of TV, click here.

Why is this happening?

Wireless internet shares the same spectrum as over-the-air broadcast television. In 2012, Congress authorized the FCC to hold an auction and reallocate broadcast TV airwaves for use by wireless services.

At the conclusion of the auction, the FCC determined that nearly 1,000 TV stations must now move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet carriers. These moves started in 2018 and continue through at least April 2020.

Where can I get additional information?

Go to this website for additional information and answers.

Follow this link for a list of frequently asked questions.

For additional assistance, contact the FCC's consumer hotline at 1-888-225-5322 and press prompt number 6.

If you have additional questions, or trouble rescanning, you can also email KIRO 7 at