Major Broadcasters Launch NEXTGEN TV on Four Local TV Stations in Indianapolis, IN
INDIANAPOLIS – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Four major Indianapolis local television stations, including WRTV (ABC), WTTK (CBS), WTHR (NBC) and WXIN (FOX), today offer NEXTGEN TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcasting technology, in the city.
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 immerses viewers in stunning video with brilliant colors, sharper images, and deeper contrast that gives them l impression of being really there.
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 leaving 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 Indianapolis follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by local stations. BitPath, which is developing new data streaming services, led the planning process and coordinated efforts between the four TV stations. WTTK and WXIN will be the founding members of the BitPath data dissemination network, launched later this year.
From Seattle, Washington, to Washington, DC, the NEXTGEN TV service is already on the air in more than 30 cities across the country. Indianapolis 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 WRTV – Scripps
WRTV is an Indianapolis-based station 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 WTTK and WXIN – Nexstar
WTTK and WXIN are the major television stations in Indianapolis, IN, 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. WTTK is affiliated with the CBS network and WXIN is affiliated with the FOX network.
About WTHR – TEGNA
WTHR is the subsidiary of NBC in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is owned by TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA), an innovative media company that owns and operates 64 stations in 51 markets. To learn more, visit: https://www.wthr.com/.
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.