Message for DirecTV subscribers


We are pleased to inform you that WTHR Channel 13 and DirecTV have reached a fair and equitable agreement, and DirecTV will continue to carry our programming.

We're happy that both sides were able to come together, in the interest of our viewers, and reach this agreement. We thank you for your support and loyalty.

As you know, WTHR has a long tradition of serving central Indiana with the best in news and entertainment.

All of us at Channel 13 invite you to continue watching central Indiana's number one rated newscasts, your favorite NBC shows, and of course, NFL Sunday Night Football.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding through this critical time.

You can always watch WTHR for free and in high definition over-the-air by using an antenna. 

Here's how to get our signal over the air:

If you've recently dropped cable or satellite and have hooked an antenna to your HDTV or digital converter and can't receive WTHR 13 - or if you can't receive WTHR 13 on a spare bedroom or other TV hooked to an antenna, you may need to rescan the digital channels.

If, when you try to tune WTHR 13, you see something like "13.1 no signal" on the screen, this is a dead giveaway that your HDTV or converter box at one time got and has old incorrect pre-2010 tuning information memorized. In order to fix this, from the receiver's menu go into the channel add/delete item and delete/erase all channel 13s (13.1, 13.2, 13.3 etc.). Once you make sure that all 13s have been deleted/erased, have the receiver do a new, fresh digital channel scan and it will find WTHR's signal on our post-2009 DTV channel.

The exact procedure to do this for your particular make/model set or converter box can be found in your set's/box's owner's manual.

Antenna tips

WTHR, COZI-TV and MeTV programming can be received for free over the air with an antenna. Here are a few tips:

If you are within 10 to 15 miles of WTHR's broadcast tower in northwest Indianapolis you may be able to use an indoor antenna for reception. You'll need a good all channel VHF/UHF antenna generally meaning that the antenna needs to have extendable "ears" - the Terk model HDTVi and HDTVa indoor antennas with "ears" extended work well. The small flat square or rectangular indoor antennas often do not work as well.

Beyond 15 miles an attic or outdoor antenna works best - outdoor better than attic. The Antennacraft model HBU22 or model HBU33 (beyond 35 miles) or model HBU55 (beyond 50 miles) are good choices.

If you are using an HDTV set that you've previously had on satellite or cable you may need to rescan the digital channels.

If you need further advice or assistance with free over the air reception you are welcome to e-mail WTHR Engineering through this page. Choose "engineering" when submitting your message.