Major Broadcasters Launch NEXTGEN TV on Eight Local TV Stations in Kansas City, MO

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Major Kansas City TV stations began broadcasting today with NEXTGEN TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcasting technology. Today’s launch includes KMBC-TV (ABC), KCTV (CBS), KSHB-TV (NBC), WDAF-TV (FOX), KCPT (PBS), KCWE (CW), KSMO-TV (MyNet) and KMCI-TV (IND), which are now available to viewers in the Kansas City area in the all-new NEXTGEN TV format.

Based on the same fundamental technology as the Internet and digital applications, NEXTGEN TV can support a wide range of features currently in 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 lifelike experience.

NEXTGEN TV adds a whole new dimension to television, with vibrant video and a further enhancement of the Voice + dialogue that puts voices at the forefront. Cinema-quality sound allows viewers to hear every voice clearly and maintain a constant volume across all channels. NEXTGEN TV can also be enhanced with Internet content to allow 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 ever. The features available on NEXTGEN TV will vary by device and station as broadcasters roll out the service across the country.

Today’s launch in Kansas City follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by local stations. KMCI-TV, owned by The EW Scripps Company, and KSMO-TV, owned by Meredith Corporation, have converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. Both stations will broadcast their own programming in the NEXTGEN TV format, as well as the programming of the other participating stations. All programming from all participating stations will continue to be available in the existing DTV format, which can be received on all modern televisions. BitPath, which develops new data streaming services, led the planning process and coordinated the efforts of the eight television stations.

From Seattle, Washington, to Washington, DC, the NEXTGEN TV service is already on the air in more than 30 cities across the country. Kansas City viewers can learn more about NEXTGEN TV by visiting www.WatchNextGenTV.com, which has a guide listing the cities currently offering the service, as well as links to available NEXTGEN TV models.

Aerial viewers without NEXTGEN TVs can simply re-scan their TVs to ensure uninterrupted service. Rescan instructions are available at: fcc.gov/rescan. Cable and satellite subscribers do not need to take any action.

About KMBC and KCWE – Hearst Television

KMBC is honored to have served Heartland viewers since its first broadcast in 1953. A subsidiary of ABC, KMBC also broadcasts the best syndicated shows like Ellen, ET, Tamron Hall, and more. KMBC 9 News produces over 50 hours of news and information programming each week on KMBC and its sister station, KCWE. KMBC 9 News has been recognized as the Best Television News Operation in Kansas and Missouri for six consecutive years by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

KMBC and KCWE are 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 over 21 million US television households. Through its partnership with nearly every major network, Hearst Television distributes national content on nearly 70 video channels, including shows from ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, MY Net, MeTV, This TV, Estrella and more. Radio stations are leaders in listening to news / talk and rock music in Baltimore. Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry’s premier companies and has received numerous awards for distinguished journalism, industry innovation and community service. Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst.

About KCTV and KSMO-TV – Meredith

KCTV5 and KSMO-TV are owned by Meredith Corporation. Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP), a leading media company for nearly 120 years, produces service journalism that engages audiences with essential, inspiring and trusted content. Meredith reaches consumers wherever they are across multiple platforms, including digital television, video, magazine and broadcast. The Meredith Local Media Group portfolio includes 17 television stations reaching 11 percent of US homes and 30 million viewers. Meredith’s portfolio is focused on large, fast-growing markets, with seven stations in the country’s top 25 markets, including Atlanta, Phoenix, St. Louis and Portland, and 13 stations in the Top 50.

About KSHB-TV and KMCI-TV – Scripps

KSHB-TV and KMCI-TV are Kansas City-based stations owned and operated by The EW Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP), a diverse media company focused on creating a better-informed world. As the country’s fourth largest local television broadcaster, Scripps serves communities with quality, objective local journalism and operates a portfolio of 61 stations in 41 markets. The Scripps networks reach almost all Americans through the national media Court TV and Newsy and the popular entertainment brands ION, Bounce, Grit, Laff, Court TV Mystery, Defy TV and TrueReal. Scripps is the largest holder of broadcast spectrum in the country. Scripps runs an award-winning investigative newsroom in Washington, DC, and is the longtime steward of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Founded in 1878, Scripps has for decades adhered to the motto: “Give light and people will find their own way”.

About WDAF-TV – Nexstar

WDAF-TV is a leading television channel in Kansas City, MO, owned and operated by Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST). Nexstar is the largest national 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 mobiles. WDAF-TV is affiliated with the FOX network.

About Kansas City PBS (KCPT)

Kansas City PBS is a non-profit multimedia organization located in Kansas City, MO that has served the community since 1961. The PBS member station broadcasts content focused on civic affairs, science, food, and the arts and culture on four TV channels. which include 19.1, 19.2, 19.3 (Create) and 19.4, the 24 hour PBS children’s channel. Content is also available via livestream for 19.1 and 19.4 and on demand in the PBS Video app and the Passport streaming service (a benefit for members). Kansas City PBS serves students, caregivers, and the local educational community through free online resources, parent and teacher workshops, and annual conferences and events. It owns and operates the NPR music station, 90.9 The Bridge, which offers non-profit AAA-size radio to listeners live and streaming online. Kansas City’s nonprofit PBS source for local journalism, Flatland (flatlandkc.org) produces multimedia reporting focused on civic affairs, arts and culture, food and drink, and education. More information on kansascitypbs.org

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 in dozens of cities this year, with further launches in 2022. For more information, visit bitpath.com.

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