Why doesn't the channel return to normal programming after an emergency test?


After an emergency test plays the screen is stuck on the test screen. To get back to the normal program you have to change channels and the change back to resume the program you were watching.


  • Satch
    Satch Posts: 5,328 Contributor

    Good Evening,

    Sometimes the boxes get stuck. It is correct that channel changing and than going back may clear the Emergency Alert Test message. Waiting for the time to elapse shown in the message may also clear the message, If neither does that or you don't want to wait, let the message play through. If it's not gone within five-ten minutes, reboot the box.

    Note that Spectrum has no control over these messages. By law, they are FCC mandates. All customers can do is file a complaint, say you are subscribed to Spectrum CATV, and that the Emergency Alert Messages are forcing me to reboot my cable box because they don't go away after the message alert has played. File a complaint with the FCC here:



  • HT_Greenfield
    HT_Greenfield Posts: 734 Contributor
    edited March 23

    All i can figure is that your county government has established an EAS details channel for your receiving device to go to after if not during the out-of-band EAS message itself and that you will indeed need to channel up and channel down to "restore" after the out-of-band EAS message itself has timed out, by design, even if your county government has failed to mention that in their EAS details channel display.