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December 4, 2011

WAFF 48 upgrade may improve reception for TVs with antennas

WAFF Channel 48 will upgrade its transmitter facility in Huntsville early Dec. 7, which may enable viewers using televisions with antennas to reconnect.

Following the nationwide digital transition in 2009, when TV stations stopped broadcasting in analog and switched to digital transmissions, WAFF 48’s over-the-air signal moved from channel 48 to channel 49. The Dec. 7 upgrade will move the transmission back to its original channel. 

“After the digital transition, we discovered some isolated portions of the viewing area having trouble receiving our over-the-air signal,” said Vanessa Oubre, vice-president and general manager of 48, the NBC affiliate.  “We believe this transmitter upgrade will help some of those viewers receive our signal again.” 

Viewers who receive 48’s programming from a cable or satellite provider will not notice a difference after the upgrade.  Their provider will make all technical modifications. However, viewers who rely on an antennas to receive Channel 48 will need to perform the channel rescan or auto-program function on their TV or digital converter box in order to receive 48 after the upgrade. 

“Rescanning your TV or converter box is a quick and easy process,” said Todd Long, 48’s director of marketing. “On most TVs, it’s as simple as using your remote to access your on-screen menu. Once there, just select the ‘auto-program’ or ‘channel program’ option and the TV does the rest.” 

Channel 48 has set up a special email address for viewers who have questions about the transmitter upgrade. It is Information is also available on the station’s website at The information will also be featured on 48 news in the days preceding the upgrade. 

Raycom Media, the employee-owned company that owns 48, is one of the nation’s largest broadcasters.

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