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Oklahoma City Broadcasters Deploy ATSC 3.0

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—ATSC 3.0 (aka NextGen TV) continues to gain steam as five TV stations from the Oklahoma City area announced deployments. This marks the second time this week that NextGen TV has been launched, following deployments in Austin, Texas

The stations include Hearst’s KOCO-TV (ABC), Nexstar Media Group’s KFOR-TV (NBC) and KAUT-TV (IND); and KOKH-TV (Fox) and KOCB-TV (CW), owned by Sinclair. Four of the stations —KFOR-TV, KOKH-TV, KOCB and KAUT—are charter members of BitPath’s broadcast data network, according to John Hane, president of Bitpath, a joint venture between Sinclair and Nexstar, that uses ATSC 3.0 to provide datacasting services.  

“Oklahoma City marks the seventh launch of ATSC 3.0 for BitPath this year and our second launch on the important I-35 corridor,” said Bitpath President John Hane. “We congratulate Nexstar, Sinclair and Hearst on their tireless efforts to keep the rollout of ATSC 3.0 on track in this challenging year. Four of the stations launching today—KFOR-TV, KOKH-TV, KOCB and KAUT—will be charter members of BitPath’s broadcast data network. These leading stations will bring new coverage to BitPath’s network and exciting new wireless data broadcasting services to Oklahoma City.”

“Today’s roll-out continues the momentum established during the last several months and is a clear demonstration that the deployment process is getting more and more efficient,” added Brett Jenkins, executive vice president and CTO for Nexstar Media Group.

Click here for a list of ATSC 3.0 deployments to date. 

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched digitalbroadcasting.com for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (www.tvtech.com), the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.