WNET Group will bring ATSC 3.0 to New York

Plans are underway to launch the NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) service in New York and surrounding areas – Nielsen’s No. 1 television market in the United States, encompassing approximately 7.45 million TV households. WNET Group’s WLIW will serve as the host station for ATSC 3.0 broadcasts for the three major PBS member stations in the New York metropolitan area: WNET, WLIW and NJ PBS, the New Jersey public television network.

WLIW plans to sign on with NextGen TV signals after extensive engineering testing and operational planning, co-locating its broadcast facilities at One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, installing a new transmitter and related equipment, and upgrading the station’s physical plant, all of which have already been completed. The transition is subject to FCC approval, and WNET Group will make a separate announcement when the NextGen TV service launches.

“WNET Group is thrilled to announce this significant undertaking with NextGen TV, which will modernize New York City’s broadcast market infrastructure to deliver high-quality programming with the latest technology available,” said Neal Shapiro. , Chairman and CEO of the WNET Group.

NextGen TV Broadcast technology is built on the same Internet Protocol backbone as popular streaming media platforms. Besides providing better audio and video quality, NextGen TV promises to support many other digital services. The WNET Group plans to explore these future options in close collaboration with other partners.

WLIW will carry 3.0 programming from WLIW and WNET, as well as several standard definition commercial subchannels and the WNET service PBS Kids. As part of the transition to NextGen TV, viewers can expect features such as 4K, interactivity, HDR, advanced emergency messaging, additional CC and audio languages, and more, all of which are in the works.

“WNET Group’s NextGen TV broadcast initiative will be a shining example of how public media can lead the broadcast industry into the future. WNET Group’s WLIW21 will help bring the full capabilities of the NextGen TV broadcast standard to the nation’s largest television market,” said ATSC President Madeleine Noland.

The organizations supporting the WNET Group’s NextGen TV initiative are:

  • AGC Systems LLC (Aldo Cugnini)
  • AWARN Alliance
  • BIA Advisory Services
  • Centralcast
  • Lerman Senter LLC
  • Public Media Venture Capital Group
  • Skip Pizzi Media Consultant LLC (Project Management)

WNET Group’s NextGen TV broadcasting initiative will be the first to place New York among the list of nearly 50 cities where NextGen TV signals are now available, as consumer technology companies expand the availability of built-in NextGen TVs and associated decoder receivers.

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