Major Broadcasters Launch NextGen TV on Five Local TV Stations in West Palm Beach
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida–(BUSINESS WIRE)–West Palm Beach’s major television stations began broadcasting today with NextGen TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Today’s launch includes WPBF (ABC), WPEC (CBS), WFLX (FOX), WPTV-TV (NBC), and WWHB-CD (Azteca).
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 to let viewers get the most out of live sports, live news and live events in real time, without taking their eyes off TV screens.
Powered by ATSC 3.0, NextGen TV is the most significant broadcast technology upgrade yet. Features available on NextGen TV will vary by device and station as broadcasters roll out the service across the country.
Today’s launch in West Palm Beach follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by local resorts. WWHB-CD, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., has converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. WWHB-CD will broadcast its own programming, as well as programming from other participating stations, in the NextGen TV format. All programming from all participating stations will continue to be available in the existing DTV format, which can be received on all modern television sets. 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 from the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles to the Atlantic shores of Palm Beach, the NextGen TV service is already on the air in more than 40 cities across the country. West Palm Beach 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 WPEC and WWHB-CD – Sinclair
WPEC and WWHB-CD are the primary television stations in West Palm Beach, Florida, owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI), a diversified media company and leading provider of sports and news local. WPEC is affiliated with CBS and WWHB-CD is Azteca’s local affiliate. 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 https://cbs12.com/ and sbgi.net.
About WPBF – Hearst
WPBF 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 21 million US homes. 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, This TV, Estrella and more . 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 WPTV-TV – Scripps
WPTV-TV is a West Palm Beach-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.
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.