Broadcasters Launch NextGen TV Shows on Local TV Stations in Richmond-Petersburg, VA

RICHMOND-PETERSBOURG, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Richmond-Petersburg’s seven full-power local television stations began broadcasting today with NextGen TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Today’s launch includes WRIC-TV (ABC), WTVR-TV (CBS), WWBT (NBC), WRLH-TV (FOX), WCVE-TV and WCVW (PBS) and WUPV (CW).

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 Richmond-Petersburg follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by local stations. WUPV, owned by Gray Television, Inc. and WCVW, owned by VPM Media Corporation, have converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. These stations will broadcast their own programming, as well as the programming of other participating stations, in 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 seven 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 40 cities across the country . Richmond-Petersburg 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 WRIC-TV – Nexstar

WRIC-TV is a premier television station in Richmond-Petersburg, VA, owned and operated by Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST). Nexstar is the nation’s largest operator of local television stations and a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its broadcast, digital media platforms and mobile. WRIC-TV is affiliated with the ABC network.

About WTVR-TV – Scripps

WTVR-TV is a Richmond-Petersburg-based 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 WRLH-TV – Sinclair

WRLH-TV is a premier television station owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI), a diversified media company and leading provider of sports and local news. WRLH-TV 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 foxrichmond.com and sbgi.net.

About WCVE-TV and WCVW – VPM Media Corporation

WCVE-TV and WCVW are owned and operated by Richmond-based VPM Media Corporation. As the home of Virginia’s public media, VPM connects nearly 2 million people across Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley to insightful programming in arts and culture, history, science , news and education.

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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