KBTV changes channel for antenna users – Beaumont Enterprise

One of Beaumont’s local channels, KBTV Fox 4, is making a change to its equipment, which will mean viewers who use antennas to tune in likely will have to adjust their TVs.

KBTV, which is produced in the same Beaumont studio as KFDM Channel 6 and shares a transmitter station in Vidor, will now be broadcast from the same transmitter as its sister station, thanks to the compression of bandwidth that comes from digital transmission.

Viewers with cable or satellite providers probably won’t notice the change, but those who use antennas will have to go into the channel menu through their TV and rescan their available channels so KBTV’s new number, channel 6.3, will register.

In KFDM’s latest segment about the change, Director of Engineering Scott Price told reporter Angel San Juan a number of viewers likely will find themselves having to make the change.

“There is probably 20% of our market that receives us over antenna,” he said. “That’s actually a pretty big number.”

The change officially takes place Jan. 1, but a new channel won’t take its place on the airwaves until Feb. 1. The station will broadcast KBTV Fox 4 on both channels through January, giving viewers a chance to switch over.

In an email to the Enterprise, Price said lifestyle network DABL, which currently airs on 4.5, will move to 4.1 once the Fox station is situated in its new spot.

The station suggests viewers who need help with the transition visit FCC.gov/rescan to find instructions for various television models or call its engineering hot line at (409) 895-4666.

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KBTV 4 and KFDM Channel 6 are owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, the second-largest television station operator in the nation. Sinclair acquired KBTV in 2012.





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