Major Broadcasters Launch NEXTGEN TV on Four Local TV Stations in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO, TX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Four television stations serving the San Antonio market yesterday began broadcasting with NEXTGEN TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Yesterday’s launch includes KABB (FOX), WOAI-TV (NBC), KMYS (DABL) and KCWX (MyNet).
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 vary by device and station as broadcasters roll out the service across the country. Buyers should look for the NEXTGEN TV logo to ensure that a TV or device is compatible with ATSC 3.0 signals.
Yesterday’s launch in San Antonio follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by local stations. KMYS, which is owned by Deerfield Media, has converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. KMYS 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 four television stations.
From Seattle, Washington, to Washington, DC, and from the Great Lakes to the Lone Star State, the NEXTGEN TV service is already on the air in more than 45 cities across the country. San Antonio 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 available NEXTGEN TV models.
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 KABB and WOAI-TV – Sinclair
KABB and WOAI-TV are the main channels in the San Antonio television market. The stations are owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI), a diversified media company and leading provider of local sports and news. KABB is affiliated with the FOX television network and WOAI-TV is affiliated with NBC. 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 https://foxsanantonio.com/, https://news4sanantonio.com/ and sbgi.net.
About KMYS – Deerfield
Deerfield Media (San Antonio), Inc. is proud to serve as the ATSC 3.0 host for the San Antonio TV market, where KMYS is the exclusive affiliate of the DABL network. Deerfield Media (San Antonio), Inc. is a member of the Deerfield Media group of affiliated companies, which includes 10 television stations serving the mid-size television markets in the United States. Additionally, Deerfield Media (Mountain Resort), Inc. is a leading video production house serving clients throughout the West Intermountain region and is engaged in the production and syndication of action sports videos.
About KCWX – Corridor
KCWX, the MyNet subsidiary of San Antonio, Texas, is owned and operated by Corridor Television, LLP. KCWX is excited to work with Sinclair, Deerfield and BitPath to bring NextGen TV, the new digital broadcast technology, to the San Antonio market.
BitPath is building the nation’s first dedicated broadcast data network to deliver innovative new services like BitPoint™ and NavPath™ at a fraction of the cost of other systems. Based in Arlington, Virginia, the BitPath network will launch this year and cover dozens of cities. For more information, visit bitpath.com.