Rescan your TV

"Rescan Day" is September 24, 2018 for KHSL, and here is what you need to know so you will not lose the ability to watch Channel 12 TV on your home TV with a broadcast antenna.

Posted: Jul 5, 2018 2:55 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2019 11:24 AM

To view the online Livestream for KHSL Channel 12, CLICK HERE.

Broadcast times: 5 - 7 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 - 6:30 p.m., 10 - 11 p.m.

To watch CBS content online, CLICK HERE.

Updated Rescan Instructions: 

Each device manufacturer is different so menu names and operations will likely be unique to that device. This is only a general guide and may not work for all devices.

Step one look for a “Menu” button on the remote. Use the right, left up and down arrow keys to drive the menu selections. Use the OK, center button or “Enter” button to make your choices.

Step two each device may have a different name for it, so look for keywords such as “Channel”, “input setup”, “Auto Setup”, “Initial setup” or “Program setup”.

If there is a selection choice of input type, choose “Air” or it is sometimes called “ANT” or “Antenna”. Do not select “Cable”, “SAT” (Satellite) or “QAM”.

If step two does not offer an auto-setup choice but has a “Channel” selection instead, there will be a submenu with keywords like “Auto Program Search”, “Program Scan”, “Auto Scan” or perhaps “Channel Search”. If it is an option, please do not use the selection “Add Channel Scan” unless that is the only available choice.

If you have the option, it will save a bit of time if there is a choice for “Digital only”, but some devices will only give a combo Analog/Digital option. If that is the case please select it.

You may have to then select “Start”, “Begin Scan”, “Select” or “Go” to start the scan process. A status bar or percent complete indicator may show up.

Once the scan is finished, if it does not automatically bring you back to TV viewing, you may have to choose the button that may read “OK”, “Done”, “Select”, or perhaps “Enter”. If that still does not bring you back to TV viewing, you may have to press the “Menu” button on the remote one or more times to return to normal viewing of TV mode. Then use the channel up/down on the remote to verify that you can see 12.1, 12.2, and 12.3 as a viewing choice.

For more detailed information on rescan day, please read below.

KHSL CBS 12 September 24th

Northern California – Station KHSL CBS 12 announced today that it is moving frequencies on Sept. 24th and viewers who watch TV for free with an over the air antenna must rescan their TVs to continue watching the station. Viewers do not need to purchase new equipment or services, and those who watch KHSL CBS 12 through a cable or satellite service do not need to rescan – your service provider will do it for you.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held an auction of broadcast airwaves to provide more channels for wireless internet broadband services. KHSL CBS 12 did not participate in the auction, however, the FCC is requiring this station and nearly 1,000 others nationwide to move to new frequencies to make room for wireless internet services. In addition to KHSL CBS 12, there will be other stations that will move frequencies over the next 3 years.

The KHSL interim Ch 36 antenna pattern will stay the same as our current 43, although 100 foot lower from the same tower location.
The current primary antenna on (43) will be replaced at the 480 foot level and a new feedline will be installed for ch.36.
We will have a coax switch installed and be able to cutover to the new primary (36) antenna when completed.

The virtual channels will remain the same:
12.1 CBS
12.2 CW
12.5 ION Tv

“We’ve been a part of this community for 64 years, and we know that our viewers rely on us for critical breaking news and severe weather alerts, along with the very best in sports and entertainment. That’s not going to change,” said Peter O’Brien General Manager of KHSL CBS 12. “Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible on our viewers to ensure they can keep watching the programs they love, such as Action News Now, Big Bang, Young Sheldon, and more.”

TV stations must move frequencies at different times as required by the FCC. This means viewers who use an antenna may have to rescan their TV sets more than once.

To rescan on Sept. 24th select "scan" or "auto tune" on the TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process. Instructions are usually available by pressing the "set-up" or "menu" buttons on the remote control. This move is happening behind the scenes, so the channel number viewers know will not change.

Plan to rescan and stay tuned to KHSL CBS 12 for more information, or visit our website at Additionally,, a viewer resource provided by the National Association of Broadcasters, features the latest news and information on station changes nationwide. At, viewers can also sign up for mobile alerts and email updates to stay up-to-date on TV station changes.

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