Major Broadcasters Launch NEXTGEN TV on Five Local TV Stations in Charleston, West Virginia

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WCHS-TV, WOWK-TV, WSAZ-TV, WQCW and WVAH-TV start broadcasting with new technologies

CHARLESTON, W. Va., December 6, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Major Charleston TV stations officially began broadcasting today with NEXTGEN TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcasting technology. The launch includes WCHS-TV (ABC), WOWK-TV (CBS), WSAZ-TV (NBC), WQCW (CW) and WVAH-TV (Decades).

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 delivers stunning video with brilliant colors, sharper images, and deeper contrast to create a more lifelike experience.

NEXTGEN TV adds a new dimension to watching TV, 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 Charleston launch follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by local stations. WSAZ-TV, owned by Gray Television, Inc., has converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. WSAZ-TV will broadcast its own programming, as well as the programming of the 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 televisions. BitPath, which develops new data streaming services, led the planning process and coordinated the efforts of the five TV stations.

From Seattle, Washington to Washington, DC, the NEXTGEN TV service is already on the air in more than 35 cities across the country. Charleston 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 WCHS-TV – Sinclair

WCHS-TV is a leading television station in Charleston, WV, owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI), a diverse media company and a leading provider of sports and local news. WCHS-TV is affiliated with the ABC and Fox networks. 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 main providers of local information in the country; has several national networks; and has television stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks. Sinclair content is delivered through multiple platforms, including multi-channel live video program distributors and digital platforms. For more information, please visit https://wchstv.com/ and sbgi.net.

About WOWK-TV; Nexstar

WOWK-TV is a leading television station in Charleston, WV, owned and operated by Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group (NASDAQ: NXST). Nexstar is the nation’s largest 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 and mobile. WOWK-TV is affiliated with the CBS network.

About WVAH-TV; Cunningham

WVAH-TV is owned by Cunningham Broadcasting Corporation, an independent television broadcasting company which, along with its subsidiaries, owns and / or operates 20 television stations in eighteen markets across the United States. Cunningham is a Maryland corporation headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

About BitPath

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.

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Contacts

Media contacts:
WCHS-TV; Sinclair – Leigh Anne Arnold
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WOWK-TV; Nexstar -Gary Weitman
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WVAH-TV; Cunningham – Michael Anderson
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BitPath – John Hane
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