What is Repacking?

Television stations in the United States are working on a three-year project called “repacking”. 

Repacking is mandatory and will affect our TV signal at different times and in different communities.  Repacking is the process of moving broadcasters into a smaller and more tightly packed spectrum band. The goal of repacking is to free up broadcast spectrum for wireless carriers.

Repacking will result in the need for many TV stations, including SCETV, to change equipment. Because of this, our stations will need to update or replace transmission equipment. SCETV shares towers with SC Public Radio, so it may also affect our radio signal at different times.  The timetable is assigned by the federal government.  Each tower in each location may need to be adjusted several times over the course of three years.

Viewers on cable and satellite should not be affected.  If you view us using an antenna, you may need to re-scan to find our channel as this work progresses. 

The most significant change during this transition will be in the Spartanburg area for antenna viewers.  At the end of the transition, the Spartanburg signal will be further west, and the Rock Hill signal will be strengthened to cover areas east of Spartanburg.  Also, viewers in Conway and downtown Charleston should notice better reception once the work is finished by 2020.

We will post notices as the work continues, look for the Tower Alert symbol in the upper right at scetv.org.  We appreciate your patience.  SCETV programs can also be viewed online, usually within a week of broadcast, at video.scetv.org.  Our entire SCETV PBS KIDS channel is also online, 24/7, at scetv.org/kids.