MESA, ARIZ. — As the first market in the U.S. to experience NEXTGEN TV when it launched in 2018, audiences in the Phoenix area have been among the first to experience the next generation of digital TV broadcasting.
Now, there is an expanded roster of stations using the ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast TV standard available for viewing.
Those with NEXTGEN TV- capable TV sets in the Valley of the Sun can now enjoy additional ATSC 3.0-powered offerings, making Phoenix one of the most advanced markets delivering the new broadcast services.
NEXTGEN TV is a feature built into select new television models manufactured by LG Electronics, Samsung, and Sony. Features available on NEXTGEN TV will vary by device and by broadcaster as commercial service becomes available in local markets.
“This milestone underscores the growth of NEXTGEN TV broadcasts and installed television sets and showcases Phoenix’s evolution from innovative broadcasters’ blueprint to reality,” said Greg Coburn, director of NEXTGEN TV for Univision Communications. “NEXTGEN TV ensures the future of television, where content and the experience of watching culminate – informing, entertaining, and inspiring viewers.”
The 11 local stations that have launched the new generation digital TV broadcast technology are The E.W. Scripps Company’s KASW-61 and KNXV-15; FOX owned-and-operated KSAZ-10 and KUTP-45 “Fox10 Xtra”; Meredith Local Media’s KPHO-5 and KTVK-3; Arizona PBS’ KAET-8; TEGNA’s KPNX-12; and Univision Communications’s KFPH-CD 35 and KTVW-33.
NBCUniversal-owned KTAZ-39 is finalizing its service availability for an end of Summer 2021 launch.