Four Stations Launch NextGen TV In Rochester, N.Y.

WHAM, WROC, WUHF and WXXI are now broadcasting with ATSC 3.0 technology.

Four stations serving the Rochester, N.Y., market today began broadcasting with NextGen TV, also known as ATSC 3.0.

Switching on the new transmission standard were Deerfield Media’s WHAM (ABC), Nexstar Media’s WROC (CBS), Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s WUHF (Fox) and WXXI Public Media’s WXXI (PBS).

Today’s launch in Rochester follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by the local stations. WUHF, which is owned by Sinclair, has converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions and will broadcast its 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 four television stations.

“Once again, broadcasters have launched ATSC 3.0 while preserving every free over-the-air service and without any disruption to cable and satellite viewers,” said John Hane, president of BitPath. “Stations have far exceeded the FCC’s requirements to protect viewers who rely on older digital TVs, while bringing improved television service to those with new ATSC 3.0 sets.

“In addition, the advanced digital broadcasting services we’ll be launching on ATSC 3.0 will help keep local broadcasting strong, while providing new, high value services to people, businesses, and public agencies – all without any compromises to television service. We’ve also committed to make our groundbreaking NavPath precise navigation service available for free to Rochester’s first responders. This is a win-win-win for viewers, stations, and the entire metro area.”


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