NEXTGEN TV launches on local TV stations in Columbus, OhioThursday, January 7th, 2021
Major Broadcasters Launch NEXTGEN TV On Four Local Television Stations In Columbus, Ohio
- WSYX, WCMH-TV, WWHO and WTTE Begin Broadcasting with New Technology
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four leading local television stations in Columbus, Ohio, WSYX (ABC/FOX), WCMH-TV (NBC), WWHO (CW), and WTTE (TBD Network), today became the latest in the nation to begin broadcasting with NEXTGEN TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Based on the same fundamental technology as the Internet, digital applications, and other web services, NEXTGEN TV can support a wide range of features currently in development, such as immersive audio and video (up to 4K), broadcasting to mobile devices, personalized viewing tools, and advanced emergency alerts providing rich media instead of simple text messages. NEXTGEN TV also allows full integration with 5G and other broadband-delivered Internet content.
The four broadcasters will combine to air FOX, NBC, CW and TBD Network programming as NEXTGEN TV services.
Powered by ATSC 3.0, NEXTGEN TV is the most significant broadcast technology upgrade ever developed. Today’s launch in Columbus follows a decade of development of the new technology and months of planning and preparation by the local stations. BitPath, which is developing new data broadcasting services, led the planning process and coordinated efforts across the four television stations. All four stations will be charter members of BitPath’s revolutionary broadcast data network.
The participating stations have cooperated to ensure that current programming remains available to all viewers, regardless of whether their television service is provided over-the air or by a cable or satellite company. Antenna viewers can simply rescan their TV sets to ensure full service. Cable and satellite subscribers do not need to take any action.