Over-the-Air Broadcast | Wisconsin Public Television

Over-the-Air Broadcast

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We remain committed to providing our content to your community via Comcast and all other platforms as part of our mission to serve free of charge. We would love it if Comcast would return us to your local line-up, cost-free, though that isn’t a decision we can make on their behalf. While we hope to resolve this, you can also enjoy our content via wpt.org/watch, with an over-the-air antenna, or video streaming services.

River Falls Service Notice

We will be upgrading technology on the tower that delivers your over-the-air television signal OCTOBER 2-3, 2018. This signal disruption will be momentary, but will require a channel rescan. If you watch WPT on cable or satellite, you simply have to turn us back on! BUT if you watch us over the air, you will need to rescan your television to find the new, improved WPT signal. We’ll stay in the same place on your dial; just rescan, and you’ll be ready to watch!

La Crosse Service Notice

WHLA continues to broadcast at slightly reduced power, which will impact some WHLA viewers. WHLA will return to full power on September 7th, and on that date over-the-air viewers will need to rescan.

If you receive your television content via cable or satellite, this service period will not be as noticeable, and you will not have to rescan to find WPT channels during or following this work.

Wisconsin Public Television will communicate again via local media, direct mail, web, social media and email when the work is complete and it’s time to rescan.

Tips for Accessing WPT’s Four Channels

Wisconsin Public Television’s four channels – WPT, The Wisconsin Channel, Create and PBS Kids 24/7 – are available over the air via antenna and to all cable and satellite providers. Some cable and satellite providers offer all four, while others currently only offer the WPT flagship channel.

If you are not getting all four, here are some possible solutions:

Over-the-Air Broadcast
If you watch WPT over the air with an antenna, you also are able to watch The Wisconsin Channel and Create for free. All four will be grouped under the same channel number (xx–1, –2, –3 and -4 respectively). If you do not see all four channels, try to re-scan for channels using your TV’s menu.

Cable or Satellite
WPT offers all four channels to all cable and satellite providers, and some cable providers carry all four. If you are not able to find The Wisconsin Channel, Create, or PBS KIDS, ask your provider whether these channels are in your line-up. If not, ask them to consider adding all four WPT channels: WPT, The Wisconsin Channel, Create and PBS Kids. Please note that channel number assignments are determined by your provider. Wisconsin Public Television does not have the ability to assign the channel numbers chosen by your cable or satellite service.

If you are able to receive our signals with an antenna, but have a cable plan that does not offer all four channels, consider adding an A-B switch to your TV to allow you to switch easily between using cable and your antenna. Or, have one TV in your home not connected to cable or satellite service.

Three of the four WPT channels are available to livestream at wpt.org: Main ChannelThe Wisconsin Channel, and WPT PBS KIDS.

If you cannot watch WPT programming via your TV, become a regular visitor to WPT online, where we feature shows to watch on-demand.

Please contact Audience Services at 800-422-9707 if you need further assistance.



WHA-TV Madison Channel 21 (RF 20)
WPNE-TV Green Bay Channel 38 (RF 25) 
WHRM-TV Wausau Channel 20 (RF 24)
WLEF-TV Park Falls Channel 36 (RF 36)
WHLA-TV La Crosse Channel 31 (RF 30)
WHWC-TV Menomonie Channel 28 (RF 27)


W16DU-D Bloomington Channel 31 (RF 16)
W24CL-D Webster Channel 28 (RF 24)
W30DZ-D Fence Channel 36 (RF 30)
W29ET-D Coloma Channel 20 (RF 29)
W15DJ-D Sister Bay Channel 38 (RF 15)
W47CO-D River Falls Channel 28 (RF 47)


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