WUSI/WMEC REPACK INFORMATION

QUICK FACTS

  • The WUSI/WMEC repack will only impact viewers using antennas. There will be no change for cable and satellite subscribers

  • This change will only impact viewers using antennas in the Olney and Macomb viewing area

  • Viewers using antennas will need to perform a channel rescan in order to continue receiving the WUSI HD, World, Create TV, and the WSIU FM stations.

  • WMEC (Macomb area) will move from channel 22 to channel 36


IMPACT ON VIEWERS

WUSI/WMEC participated in the Spectrum Auction by offering to move our tv signal to a lower frequency / relinquishing excess spectrum. Our bid was accepted, which means we will continue to provide our broadcast services, although our TV broadcast service area will change slightly. 

 WUSI  PBS  Create  WSIU

16.1

16.2

16.3

16.4


 WMEC  PBS  Create  WSIU

36.1

36.2

36.3

36.4

HOW TO RESCAN YOUR TV

While each television’s rescanning process is slightly different, most systems will require viewers to go into ‘settings’ or access the device’s ‘menu’ to perform a channel scan.



For more information or questions about how to find WUSI on your TV, contact Darryl Mosses, WSIU’s Associate Director of TV and Video Services via this webform or call (618) 453-4344.

ABOUT THE SPECTRUM AUCTION AND REPACK

All public television stations are independently controlled and operated. The FCC licenses noncommercial broadcast spectrum to communities, states, universities or school districts. Each licensee determined whether and how to participate in the auction. The auction began in March 2016 and was entirely voluntary. This process arose from the FCC’s 2010 National Broadband Plan, which called for freeing more spectrum for wireless broadband use by using less spectrum for broadcast television.

Following the spectrum action, there will be a nationwide reorganizing of channels, or repacking. Repacking is mandatory. Any station on any channel in any market may be required to relocate to a new channel within the same band in a process that will take at least three years, given the length of construction time required.