The Alamo City Gets NEXTGEN TV … Sort Of

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It’s the home of the Spurs, great Tex-Mex food, beautiful museums and gardens, Riverwalk and The Alamo.


Now, San Antonio is also home to NEXTGEN TV, with ATSC 3.0-powered broadcast TV signals now being offered for four broadcast TV stations in the Texas market.

The CW Network affiliate serving the market, KMYS-33, is the “lighthouse” station for San Antonio. The Deerfield Media-owned station is operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group via a Joint Sales and Shared Services Agreement.

The ATSC 3.0 signals for KABB-29, the FOX affiliate owned by Sinclair, and NBC-affiliated sibling WOAI-4, are being housed on KMYS. The same can be said of KCWX-2, a Corridor Television-owned MyNetwork TV affiliate in San Antonio.

BitPath, which is developing new data broadcasting services, led the planning process and coordinated efforts across the four television stations.

What it couldn’t do is bring CBS and ABC stations serving San Antonio into the NEXTGEN TV era, as TEGNA’s KENS-5 and Graham Media Group’s KSAT-12 are not participating.

Neither is the PBS Member station serving San Antonio, nor the Spanish-language stations offering Telemundo, Univision, UniMás and other programming to Hispanics.

It is not known why Sinclair failed to gain partnerships with the other station owners in the market.

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