Five Tampa Bay TV Stations Team For NEXTGEN Rollout


ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. — TV viewers in the nation’s 12th largest television market will get a taste of the future, as a quintet of local broadcast television stations have banded together to launch NEXTGEN TV.

A FOX O&O, along with Scripps, Nexstar and TEGNA properties, are involved. It is a Hearst unaffiliated TV property that is serving as the host station.

The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater DMA, which includes Sarasota-Bradenton and the Lakeland-Winter Haven areas, is the latest to embrace NEXTGEN TV. And, it is the largest DMA in the Southeast to make the shift to ATSC 3.0-powered signals, on a voluntary basis.

Serving as the host station for the market’s ATSC 3.0 signals is WMOR-TV, a Hearst Television unaffiliated UHF using digital channel 18 licensed to Lakeland.

It will host the NEXTGEN TV signals for its own station, in addition to The E.W. Scripps Co.’s ABC affiliated WFTS-28, Nexstar-owned NBC affiliate WFLA-8, TEGNA’s CBS affiliated WTSP-10 and FOX O&O WTVT-13.

As the host station for NEXTGEN TV in Tampa, WMOR will also be the first station in the country to offer a secure signal compliant with the new A3SA security authority.

Tampa is unique in that the DMA is home to two ABC affiliates, with WWSB-7, with a PSIP of 40, is a Gray Television-owned property serving Sarasota and Bradenton.