Howard University Collaborative Brings NEXTGEN TV to Washington, D.C. 

The Howard University NEXTGEN TV Collaborative features Howard University’s WHUT serving as the host station for NEXTGEN TV broadcasts for local network broadcasts from PBS (WHUT), ABC (WJLA), CBS (WUSA), FOX (WTTG), and NBC (WRC.)   

PBS network programming currently on WHUT-TV will be relocated for over-the-air viewers to WJLA-TV. WJLA will carry high-definition programming from both the ABC and PBS networks, along with several standard-definition commercial sub-channels and the PBS Kids service. Over-the-air viewers will need to rescan their televisions to accommodate these changes upon service launch. Information on how to rescan can be found here.    

5 Washington DC Stations on NEXTGENtv 


Media Technology Innovation Learning Lab  


The Media Technology Innovation Learning Lab is being formed in partnership with participating broadcasters and the professional equipment and consumer technology companies that are involved with this project. The purpose of the Lab is to foster industry collaboration and broad participation with this project, showing how the myriad capabilities of NEXTGEN TV could best be applied for future public service objectives, to entertain and inform audiences throughout the Washington area and the nation. 



What is Next!!!

Why it is Important for Viewers That Have Their TVs Connected to an Antenna Must Rescan After OCTOBER 2021


WHUT is moving frequencies to upgrade its signal to NextGen TV in OCTOBER 2021. If you use an antenna to watch TV for free, you must rescan your television after October 2021 to continue receiving this channel. After this date, viewers with a NextGen TV receiver will receive an enhanced viewing experience.


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How to Rescan Your Antenna Connected Television


If you use on an antenna to watch free, over-the-air television, you must rescan your TV set after OCTOBER 2021 to continue to receive WHUT.


Rescanning is when your TV finds all of the available channels in your area. You do not need to purchase new equipment or services to rescan. If you are a cable or satellite subscriber, a rescan is not required.


1. Select Scan or Autotune from your TV or converter box control menu to start the scanning process.

2. Your TV will do the rest.


This process usually takes a few minutes to complete. Once this rescan is complete you will still find WHUT on the same channel number as before. 


If you have rescanning difficulties, you can usually find instructions by selecting the Set-Up or Menu button on your television or converter box remote control. You can also consult the TV or converter box owner's manual for detailed instructions on how to run a channel scan or contact customer service for your TV or converter box manufacturer.


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So.....What is NextGen TV?


NextGen TV is enhanced broadcast television technology that combines the benefits of broadcast with broadband TV viewing. It provides stunning video with brilliant color, sharper images and deeper contrast, as well as movie theater-quality sound that lets you hear every voice clearly and offers consistent volume across channels.


Over time, NextGen TV will be enhanced to give viewers the best of live sports, news, events and more, in real time. As technology advances, so will NextGen TV. By merging over-the-air antenna TV with the internet, local stations like WHUT will be able to personalize news, sports, live events and shows with interactive features that give viewers the content that is most relevant. A NextGen TV set, combined with an antenna and an internet connection, is all you need to enjoy this enhanced viewing experience. Many new television sets from LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony already come equipped to receive Next Gen TV. 

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Where to Find NextGen TV Sets

Television manufacturers now offer a wide variety of TV sets with NEXTGEN TV. Look for the NEXTGEN TV logo on televisions now available from LG Electronics, Samsung, and Sony. More information on specific models and additional NEXTGEN TV markets is now available at 

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Frequently Asked Questions about NEXTGEN TV 



NEXTGEN TV is the latest digital television technology. 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. You can feel the power of movie theater-quality sound that lets you hear every voice clearly and offers consistent volume across channels.  

NEXTGEN TV, when combined with an internet connection, can merge broadcast TV with content from broadband sources such as live sports, events, news and more, in real time. With NEXTGEN TV, the TV you buy today is designed to be upgradable with the advancements of tomorrow. 


NEXTGEN TV provides a better audio and video experience for viewers and bringing broadcast TV into a new age and is built off the recently developed ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard. Local broadcasters should be “on the air” with the new technology to reach most viewers in America by the end of 2021. Features available on NEXTGEN TV will vary by broadcaster and by television as commercial service becomes available in local markets. 



We’re keeping track of NEXTGEN TV local and national deployments at With our national map, you can see where NEXTGEN TV signals are rolling out and what stations are already on the air. More cities and more broadcasts in the new format are being added each month. 



Look for brands with the NEXTGEN TV logo and get ready to be dazzled by the brilliant picture, like-you’re-there sound and enhanced content that will change the way you watch live sports, news, shows and more. Many new television sets from LG Electronics, Samsung, and Sony already come equipped with NEXTGEN TV. More TV manufacturers are expected to offer this incredible new technology in the future. An antenna and internet connection will give you access to the full range of capabilities NEXTGEN TV. NEXTGEN TV technology also improves reception so that even an indoor receiving antenna will work fine for many viewers. Connect your NEXTGEN TV set to the internet to get the most out of the choices that NEXTGEN TV will bring into your living room. NEXTGEN TV capabilities will be enhanced over time. 



Yes, you’ll initially need an antenna to receive free, local channels that are broadcasting NEXTGEN TV. Standards are also being developed so that cable companies can also offer NEXTGEN TV services in the future. 



While you can certainly receive NEXTGEN TV without being connected to the internet, most people who bring home a new NEXTGEN TV will connect to broadband internet so they can enjoy the rich assortment of shows that are streamed to viewers. If you’re connected to the internet, NEXTGEN TV will deliver an even better experience that will be enhanced over time.