Stations in Wichita-Hutchinson Launch NEXTGEN TV

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Television stations serving the Wichita-Hutchinson market have started broadcasting with NEXTGEN TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology.

The launch includes KAKE (ABC), KWCH-DT (CBS), KSAS-TV (Fox), KSNW (NBC), KPTS (PBS), KSCW-DT (CW) and KMTW (DABL).

Based on the same fundamental technology as the Internet and digital apps, NEXTGEN TV can support a wide range of features that are currently in development.

In addition to providing a new, improved way for broadcasters to reach viewers with advanced emergency alerts, NEXTGEN TV features stunning video with brilliant color, sharper images and deeper contrast to create a more life-like experience.

NEXTGEN TV adds a new dimension to TV viewing, with vibrant video and new Voice+ dialogue enhancement that brings voices to the foreground. Movie theater-quality sound lets viewers hear every voice clearly and keeps volume consistent across channels.

NEXTGEN TV also can be enhanced with Internet content to enable viewers to get the most out of live sports, live news, and live events in real-time, without looking away from TV screens.

Powered by ATSC 3.0, NEXTGEN TV is the most significant broadcast technology upgrade to date. Features available on NEXTGEN TV will vary by device and station as broadcasters roll out service across the country. Shoppers should look for the NEXTGEN TV logo to be sure a TV or device is compatible with ATSC 3.0 signals.

Today’s launch in Wichita-Hutchinson follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by the local stations. KSCW-DT, which is owned by Gray Television, Inc., and KMTW, which is owned by Mercury Broadcasting Company, Inc, have converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions.

Those stations are broadcasting their own programming, as well as the programming of the other participating stations, in NEXTGEN TV format. All programming of all participating stations will continue to be available in the existing DTV format, which can be received on all modern television sets.

BitPath, which is developing new data broadcasting services, led the planning process and coordinated efforts across the seven television stations.

From America’s heartland to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico, NEXTGEN TV service is already on the air in more than 50 cities across the country.