Atlanta's Digital TV Channels
Atlanta is second in the nation for the number of digital stations available
The Free Channels Can You Receive With An Antenna?
Below is a list of the 80 FREE Digital TV channels that can possibly be received in the Atlanta, GA area with an Over-The-Air antenna of the proper size. Because digital TV doesn't use as much bandwidth as the old analog TV, each station can provide more channels (sub-channels) per frequency, thus the dot or dash numbers .2 .3 .4 etc. channel numbers. The primary channel will always be the .1. 2.1 is ABC or WSB channel 2 as you know it from cable, satellite and analog TV the dot 1 channels are usually HD. Some stations are low power and for a specific area like KTN Korean 47.1, is in Norcross and its signal doesn't go very far. WANN is low power but shares a very high major tower. It holds its own with the high power stations in the metro Atlanta area. Most of the major Atlanta stations are at 1 million watts power and have a strong signal around the Atlanta area and reaching well into and past the suburbs. Sub-channels allow for more content & advertising to be provided to viewers. Most of the major stations primary channels are broadcast in HD but their sub-channels are in SD.
Some of the digital stations upgrade and changing channels occasionally. Some will add new channels, move channels, and change channel numbers so you have to RE-SCAN your TV or Digital Box on a regular basis or you may not see the new sub-channels or changes.
Most all of the stations are transmitted using the UHF band. Two stations use the VHF band. The UHF band is a high frequency that has a shorter range than the VHF band. That is why it can be tricky to receive digital TV in the Atlanta area with its hills, buildings & trees. UHF frequencies are affected by trees, buildings, even strong winds moving tree limbs. They kind of act like light beams traveling straight, but can be reflected in a different direction.
Many people who used to have an antenna on their home had the old style log periodic type all band VHF/Uhf/FM antenna with the long rods in the back and short rods in the front which, will work with digital TV, it just will not perform as well as the newer designed UHF/VHF broad lobe antennas we use that are far better designed for the Atlanta reception area. Plus Uhf antennas are not as large.
Unlike Analog TV where you could watch a weak snowy picture with good sound, with Digital TV you will either have a perfect watchable picture or an unwatchable picture that's pixilated with the sound cutting in & out. We always use a higher gain antenna than is necessary for the strongest trouble-free reception available.
The main Atlanta network stations in the list below are highlighted in Red. These channels are a must any others channels received are a bonus. Some low power channels may broadcast intermittently. New channels can be added at any time. Some channels are low power stations and their signal will not reach as far as the major high power stations and may not be received outside their areas.
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THE ATLANTA DIGITAL TV CHANNELS
80 Total Channels
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5.2 FOX - MOVIES 20th Century Fox
8.4 WUGA UGA Occisional / Weekends
14.4 WPXA ShopTV
14.5 WPIX QVC Shopping
16.1 WYGA Open Low Power
16.3 WYGA Open Low power
16.4 WYGA Open Low power
16.5 WYGA PeaceTV Religious Low Power
16.6 WYGA Open Low power
22.1 WSKC South Korean Low Power
22.2 WSKC Veria TV Low Power
22.4 WSKC MBC Korean TV Low Power
26.1 WTBS HD Mundo Fox Spanish
26.5 WTBS France 24 News English (Back on air soon)
32.1 WANN Atlanta Programming Channel Guide
32.3 WANN Shop 1
32.4 WANN MoXie - Old Color Movies 24/7
32.7 WANN VIETOP Viet Nam
32.10 WANN EstrellaTV Spanish
32.11 WANN Talk Radio
32.12 WANN Radio Audio The Bull 94.9
32.13 WANN Radio Audio 105.7
32.14 WANN Radio Audio 96.1
32.15 WANN Radio Audio 96.1-2
32.16 WANN Radio Audio Patron Spanish
32.17 WANN Radio Audio La Mega Spanish
32.18 WANN Radio Audio AM 1310
32.19 WANN Radio Audio Talk
32.20 WANN Radio Audio Country
34.2 WUVG GetTV Sony Movies 1970 & older
40.1 WIRE Info-commercials Low Power
40.2 WIRE Info-commercials Low power
40.3 WIRE Info-commercials Low power
40.4 WIRE Info-commercials Low power
53.1 WDTA DAYSTAR Christian Programming
57.1 WATC TV 57 Christian Programming
57.2 WATC TOO Movies / Family Programming
Channel List Updated 4-18-2014
Channel Reception Depends On Your Location, Antenna Range, and Station’s Coverage.
ATLANTA TELEVISION STATIONS TOWER LOCATIONS
SOME TOWERS HAVE MORE THAN ONE STATION TRANSMITTING FROM THE SAME TOWER
Depending on your location in the Atlanta area, you may or may not be able to receive some of the stations listed above. Or you may receive channels not listed above from other markets. Most of the stations' towers are around the city of Atlanta, downtown area. With ION's 14.1 tower in Waleska, GA and PBS's 8.1 atop Stone Mountain. Most antennas used today are directional and may not receive a station not in the front direction of the antenna.