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Five Stations Launch NextGen TV in West Palm Beach

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Five of West Palm Beach’s television stations have begun NextGen TV broadcasts.

Stations include:

  • WPBF (ABC/Hearst)
  • WPEC (CBS/Sinclair)
  • WFLX (FOX, Gray/Scripps)
  • WPTV-TV (NBC/Scripps)
  • WWHB-CD (Azteca/ Sinclair)

For the launch of NextGen TV broadcasts, WWHB-CD, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., has converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. WWHB-CD 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 five television stations.

This latest deployment marks the 46th market to launch ATSC 3.0 in the U.S. Approximately 45% of U.S. TV households are within range of receiving ATSC 3.0 with that percentage expected to grow to 75% by the end of 2022, according to the ATSC. CTA estimates that 3 million NextGen TV compatible TV sets have been sold in the U.S. so far and predicts sales of 4.5 million of the sets to be sold by the end of 2022. 

For more information, visit TV Tech's NextGen TV page.  

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.