NEXTGEN TV is coming and here’s what you need to know.

KSAT is planning to broadcast a NEXTGEN TV signal on May 6, 2024. It is an over-the-air signal and requires an antenna.  It can help reduce or eliminate costly subscriptions by providing more channels to choose from for free.  KSAT will offer at least 5 different channels including ABC, MeTV, Heros and Icons, Movies and StartTV. 

What is NEXTGEN TV?

NEXTGEN TV (also known as ATSC 3.0) is the latest digital television technology. It combines over-the-air broadcast with the internet. Features of NEXTGEN TV include:

Brilliant Video

With NEXTGEN TV, you can immerse yourself in stunning video with brilliant color, sharper images and deeper contrast that’ll make you feel like you’re really there. NEXTGEN TV video capabilities include 4K, UHD, and HDR.

Enhanced Audio

NEXTGEN TV provides consistent volume across channels while Voice + dialogue enhancement allows you to hear every voice clearly. Voice + is available to viewers the moment the NEXTGEN TV set up. NEXTGEN TV uses the Dolby AC-4 audio codec.

Interactive & Personalized Content

NEXTGEN TV will be enhanced with internet content to get the most out of live sports, live news, live events and more, in real time. With NEXTGEN TV, local stations can personalize their news, sports, live events and shows with interactive features.

Upgradable for the Future

The NEXTGEN TV you buy today is designed to be upgradable with the advancements of tomorrow. TV manufacturers are able to update NEXTGEN TV sets connected to the internet to accommodate emerging NEXTGEN TV features that will be launched by broadcasters.

Watch this video for more information about NEXTGEN TV

FAQ

What kind of television do I need?

If you plan on getting a new TV, just make sure it is NextGen ready. Many new TVs will have NextGen capabilities but there are also many brands that don’t.  Be sure to ask.

What if I have a NEXTGEN TV already?

If you already have a NEXTGEN TV you will have to rescan the channels to get the new signal. Your existing antenna will work with the NEXTGEN TV signal.

Can I get the NEXTGEN TV signal if I have an older TV?

If you still want to use your existing set, you can purchase a set top tuner box that will find the free over-the-air NEXTGEN TV channels. These boxes attach to an external antenna and can find all the NEXTGEN TV channels available in your area. 

Below are some examples of set top boxes that will get you the new signal. You can search NEXTGEN TV Tuners on Google here.

If you still have questions, please email fdaniels@ksat.com.