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FCC Seeks Comment on State of Next Generation Television Transition

On June 22, 2022, the Media Bureau released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) inviting public comment on the state of the Next Generation Television (or ATSC 3.0) transition and on two consumer protection rules that will expire in 2023 unless the Commission takes action to extend them.

As part of its review of the ATSC 3.0 marketplace, the item asks commenters to describe any “enhanced accessibility features” that are currently being broadcast to viewers watching the 3.0 signals, and, if none are currently deployed, asks broadcasters when viewers can expect such features to become available.

Comment and reply comment dates are set for 30 days and 60 days, respectively, after Federal Register publication, at which time another AccessInfo containing the comment dates will be sent out. Interested parties may file comments by accessing the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System at https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings. All filings must reference GN Docket No. 16-142. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments online may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.

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Major Broadcasters Launch NextGen TV on Six Local Television Stations in Shreveport, LA

SHREVEPORT, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The leading television stations serving the Shreveport television market today began broadcasting with NextGen TV, a revolutionary new digital broadcast technology. Today’s launch includes KTBS-TV (ABC), KSLA (CBS), KMSS-TV (Fox), KTAL-TV (NBC), KPXJ (CW) and KSHV-TV (MyNet).

Based on the same fundamental technology as the Internet and digital apps, NextGen TV can support a wide range of features that are currently in development. In addition to providing a new, improved way for broadcasters to reach viewers with advanced emergency alerts, NextGen TV features stunning video with brilliant color, sharper images and deeper contrast to create a more life-like experience.

NextGen TV adds a new dimension to TV viewing, with vibrant video and new Voice+ dialogue enhancement that brings voices to the foreground. Movie theater-quality sound lets viewers hear every voice clearly and keeps volume consistent across channels. NextGen TV also can be enhanced with Internet content to enable viewers to get the most out of live sports, live news, and live events in real-time, without looking away from TV screens.

Powered by ATSC 3.0, NextGen TV is the most significant broadcast technology upgrade to date. Features available on NextGen TV will vary by device and station as broadcasters roll out service across the country.

Today’s launch in Shreveport follows a decade of development and months of planning and preparation by the local stations. KPXJ, which is owned by KTBS LLC, and KSHV-TV, which is owned by Nexstar, have converted to ATSC 3.0 transmissions. Those stations will broadcast their 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 six television stations.

From Seattle, Washington, to Washington, D.C., and from the Great Lakes to the Red River, NextGen TV service is already on the air in more than 50 cities across the country. Shreveport viewers can learn more about NextGen TV by visiting www.WatchNextGenTV.com, which offers a guide listing cities currently carrying the service, as well as links to available NextGen TV set models.

Antenna viewers without NextGen TV sets can simply rescan their TV sets to ensure uninterrupted service. Rescan instructions are available at fcc.gov/rescan. Cable and satellite subscribers do not need to take any action.

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NextGen TV: Six Local Stations Launch 3.0 Broadcasts in Shreveport, La.

SHREVEPORT, La.—Six local television stations serving the Shreveport television market have announced that they had begun broadcasting NextGen TV signals on June 28.

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Klaus Completes Cleveland Spin of LPTV Property

A transaction that sees Greg Guy of Patrick Communications serve as the broker has just closed.

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NextGen TV Broadcasts Begin in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Four television stations serving the San Antonio market began offering NextGen TV broadcasts on June 16.

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