Broadcasters launch NextGen TV on five major local TV stations in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Five of Omaha’s leading local television stations began broadcasting today with NextGen TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcasting technology. Today’s launch includes KETV (ABC), KMTV-TV (CBS), WOWT (NBC), KPTM (FOX) and KXVO (TBD).

Based on the same fundamental technology as the Internet and digital applications, NextGen TV can support a wide range of features under development. In addition to providing broadcasters with a new and improved way to reach viewers with advanced emergency alerts, NextGen TV delivers stunning video with brilliant colors, sharper images and deeper contrast to create a more realistic experience.

NextGen TV adds a new dimension to TV viewing, with dynamic video and a new Voice+ dialog enhancement that puts voices front and center. Cinema-quality sound lets viewers hear every voice clearly and maintains consistent volume across all channels. NextGen TV can also be enhanced with Internet content, allowing viewers to get the most out of live sports, live news and live events in real time, without looking away from the TV screen.

Powered by ATSC 3.0, NextGen TV is the most significant broadcast technology upgrade yet. Features available on NextGen TV vary by device and station as broadcasters roll out the service across the country.

Today’s launch in Omaha follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by local stations. KXVO, owned by Mitts Telecasting, has converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. KXVO will broadcast its own programming, as well as programming from other participating stations, in the NextGen TV format. All programming from each participating station will continue to be available in the existing DTV format, which all modern televisions can receive.

BitPath, which develops new streaming services, led the planning process and coordinated the efforts of the five television stations.

From Seattle, Washington, to Washington, DC, and Santa Monica Pier on the Pacific Coast to Folly Beach Pier on the Atlantic, the NextGen TV service is already on the air in more than 45 cities across the country . Omaha viewers can learn more about NextGen TV by visiting www.WatchNextGenTV.comwhich offers a guide listing the cities currently offering the service, as well as links to the NextGen TV models available.

On-air viewers without NextGen TVs can simply rescan their TVs to ensure uninterrupted service. Rescanning instructions are available at fcc.gov/rescan. Cable and satellite subscribers do not have to do anything.

About KETV – Hearst Television

KETV is owned by Hearst Television. Hearst Television owns and operates 33 television stations and two radio stations serving 26 media markets in 39 states and reaching more than 22 million American households. Through its partnership with nearly every major network, Hearst Television distributes national content on nearly 70 video channels, including programs from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, Estrella and more. Radio stations are Baltimore’s leaders in news/talk and rock music listening. Its Hearst Media Production Group unit produces original programming on linear and streaming platforms for national and international distribution. Its Very Local app, free to download on home OTT devices and available on popular streaming services, provides 24/7 access to local news, weather and an array of local and regional programming. Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry’s leading companies and has received numerous awards for its distinguished journalism, industry innovation and community service. Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst.

About KMTV-TV – Scripps

KMTV-TV is an Omaha station owned and operated by The EW Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP), a diversified media company focused on creating a better informed world. As one of the nation’s largest local television broadcasters, Scripps serves communities with objective, quality local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. Scripps Networks reaches nearly every American through national news outlets Court TV and Newsy and popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Defy TV, Grit, ION Mystery, Laff and TrueReal. Scripps is the nation’s largest broadcast spectrum holder. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative reporting newsroom in Washington, DC, and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has held the motto “Give light and people will find their own way” for decades.

About KPTM–Sinclair

KPTM is a leading Omaha station owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI), a diversified media company and leading provider of sports and local news. KPTM is affiliated with the Fox television network. Sinclair owns and/or operates 21 regional sports network brands; owns, operates and/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns several national networks, including Tennis Channel and Stadium; and has television stations affiliated with all major broadcast networks. Sinclair’s content is distributed through multiple platforms, including live multi-channel video program distributors and digital and streaming platforms NewsOn and STIRR. For more information, please visit fox42kptm.com and sbgi.net.

About KXVO – Mitts Telecasting

Mitts Telecasting Company is an independent television broadcasting company. MTC acquired KXVO, Omaha, Nebraska, and sister station KSNB-TV, Lincoln, Nebraska more than 20 years ago. MTC then sold KSNB-TV to Gray Television. During MTC’s management, KXVO served its community as an affiliate of The WB, then The CW Network, and now TBD.

About BitPath

BitPath is building the nation’s first dedicated broadcast data network to deliver innovative new wireless services at a fraction of the cost of cellular systems. Based in Arlington, Virginia, the BitPath network will launch this year and cover dozens of cities. For more information, visit bitpath.com.

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