Major Broadcasters Launch NextGen TV on Five Local TV Stations in Charleston, SC

WCIV, WCSC-TV, WTAT-TV, WCBD-TV and WGWG start broadcasting with new technologies

CHARLESTON, South Carolina, March 10, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Charleston’s major television stations began broadcasting today with NextGen TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Today’s launch includes WCIV (ABC), WCSC-TV (CBS), WTAT-TV (FOX), WCBD-TV (NBC) and WGWG (H&I).

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 Charleston follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by local stations. WGWG, owned by Howard Stirk Holdings, has converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. WGWG 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 40 cities across the country . Charleston 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 WGWG – Howard Stirk Holdings LLC

WGWG is a premier television station in Charleston, South Carolina, owned and operated by Howard Stirk Holdings, LLC, (“HSH”), one of the largest minority-owned television groups in the United States . HSH operates seven full-power television stations in six markets across the country and is a premium original content producer known for telling stories that touch people from all walks of life and shine a light on those overlooked by sources. general public information. WGWG is affiliated with H&I.

About WCIV–Sinclair

WCIV 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. WCIV is affiliated with the ABC 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; is one of the country’s leading local news providers; has several national networks; 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 platforms. For more information, please visit abcnews4.com and sbgi.net.

About Wtat-TV – Cunningham

WTAT-TV is owned and operated by Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation, an independent television broadcasting company which, together with its subsidiaries, owns and/or operates 20 television stations in eighteen markets throughout the United States. Cunningham is a Maryland corporation headquartered in Baltimore. WTAT-TV is affiliated with the Fox network. For more information, please visit foxcharleston.com and cunninghambroadcasting.com.

About WCBD-TV – Nexstar

WCBD-TV is a leading television channel in Charleston, SC, owned and operated by Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST)

(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. WCBD-TV is affiliated with the NBC network.

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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contacts

Media:

WGWG; Howard Stirk Holdings – Anthony Carr
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WCIV; Sinclair – Michael Padovano
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WTA-TV; Cunningham –Michael Anderson
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WCBD-TV; Nextstar – Gary Weitman
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BitPath –John Hane
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