KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
12:29 PM CDT, June 15, 2012
Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. today announced the launch of the first mobile digital television (DTV) services in Wichita. The transmission tower that carries Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. signal to homes has been retrofitted to deliver a Mobile DTV signal. That signal has the ability to deliver local, digital broadcasts on multiple mobile devices, without the need for additional Wi-Fi or data fees.
The Mobile DTV platform enables Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. stations to deliver live, digital content to mobile and video devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers, and personal navigation devices.
"This is part of the broadcast industry's process to create content and make it available on mobile devices. The consumer industry will follow behind", said Joan Barrett President/General Manager of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. "Think of it like a web cam - you used to attach one to your computer, now everyone phone, laptop and tablet has it already installed. This will be the future for mobile television as well - the devices you buy will already have the antennae's in them."
Industry groups say that there are limited choices for adapters, televisions and tablets but should be widely available by Christmas 2012. Samsung will market a phone, RCA is manufacturing portable Tvs and tablets and a variety of adapters will be available foriPad's, Android tablets and computers. For more information about antennae ready devices go to kwch.com/dtv or call 316-838-1212.
Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. launch of Mobile DTV is among many firsts in its near 60 years of history. KWCH was the first television station in Kansas to begin broadcasting on July 1st, 1953 under the call letters KTVH Channel 12, first to include color programming in 1966. In 2008, KWCH was the first to broadcast in high \definition in the Wichita market.
About Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc.: KWCH-TV, a CBS affiliate, is licensed to the Wichita-Hutchinson market. As the flagship of Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc., KWCH oversees satellite stations KBSH-TV in Hays, Kansas, KBSD-TV in Dodge City, Kansas, and KBSL-TV in Goodland, Kansas. Sunflower Broadcasting also operates KSCW-TV and KDCU-TV.
Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. is owned by Schurz Communications, Inc., a diversified privately-owned communication company based in South Bend, Indiana. Schurz (www.schurz.com) publishes 12 daily newspapers, has seven television stations, seven radio stations, two cable companies, a printing company and shopper publications.
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