Watch free 4K TV exhibits with antenna: NextGen TV is coming to extra cities in 2021

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NextGenTV, also known as ATSC 3.0continues roll out across the country. Free over the air 4K Programs are part of the present, at least in the 23 markets in which they are currently available. And soon more stations will go online. The aim is to have channels broadcast live in 98 cities across the country, including major metropolitan areas, by the end of the year.

So it’s good that TV manufacturers like it Sony have started to introduce more models at CES 2021 that can decode NextGenTV broadcasts. And you don’t want to Update your TV The long-awaited external tuners that can be connected to any television and anyone are just arriving antenna to enable reception. A tuner from Silicon Dust is available now and one from BitRouter will be delivered in a few months. Others are in preparation.

Here’s a rundown of what’s going on free for 4K over the air in 2021.

NextGen TV channels are coming to big cities soon

Channels in 23 markets are already broadcasting NextGenTV. These are all small and medium-sized cities like Austin, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle and so on. Another 16 stores are expected to go into operation by the summer. Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, and Washington, DC to name a few. By the end of the year, 59 more cities should have access to NextGenTV. This includes big cities like Los Angeles and New York. Overall, this should cover around 70% of all US households.

Something to consider. Unlike when HDTV was introduced 20 years ago, don’t expect every station in your area to immediately broadcast NextGenTV. Switching from the current version of ATSC to 3.0 is not mandatory, so it is possible that some stations will never switch. If so, then there are financial benefits to read about in our previous coverage.

And even if a broadcaster broadcasts 4K, that doesn’t mean that all programs are broadcast in 4K. We are still at the beginning. It took years for all TV shows to go on in HD and we early adopters had to watch bad upconverted SD for what seems like an eternity.

You can see when and which stations are broadcast in your city on

More TVs with NextGen tuners will be available soon

All of Sony’s 2021 TVs announced at CES, including this A90J-OLED, have built-in NextGen tuners.


If you’re in the market for a new TV, there are a number of NextGenTV built-in tuners available. The following list is a mix of upcoming 2021 and 2020 models these are probably still available. Expect more to be announced in 2021.

LG: 55-, 65- and 77GX, 65WX, 77- and 88ZX. LG has announced theirs for 2021 55 to 88 inch 4K and 8K Evo OLEDs will all have NextGen tuners.

Samsung: Q800T, Q850T, Q900TS and Q950TS. Samsung hasn’t made any specific announcements for 2021 models, but it’s safe to assume that their 8K TVs will again have NextGen tuners and possibly their high-end QLEDs as well.

Sony: X900H, 55-, 65-75- and 85X90 as well all 2021 models.

You can now buy a standalone ATSC 3.0 tuner, with more on the way

You don’t need a new television for NextGenTV, but you do need at least a tuner to receive the signals.

Right now, you can buy the HDHomeRun Connect 4K ($ 200, which is about 150 euros or AU $ 260). It’s not quite what you might expect as there is no HDMI out. Instead, NextGenTV content is streamed to devices on your home network, be it smartphones, tablets, computers, etc.

Most TVs cannot play this content directly. Instead, you’ll need something in between that will allow the HDHomeRun app to run, e.g. B. an Apple TV 4K or an Xbox Series X / S. With four tuners, two of which are NextGenTV, several people in your house can watch different programs at the same time. In a few months, the company will also be launching a version with an integrated DVR. It will essentially be an “entire home” DVDR for NextGen and HD wireless content.

The BitRouter ZapperBox is a NextGen TV tuner that will be available in the second quarter of this year.

Zapper box

BitRouter intends to start deliveries of its ZapperBox M1 tuners in the second quarter. You can reserve one now for $ 249. These little boxes are more traditional tuners with an HDMI output for connecting directly to any TV. They also have HD tuners (also known as ATSC 1.0) and have HDR, Wi-Fi, and wired internet. There is no internal storage, but BitRouter is planning a software update to allow storage devices connected to the network. They are also planning to add the ability to stream content from this box to your smartphone or tablet again via software update, not just to the TV that is connected via HDMI.

Here is a look at the program instructions for a ZapperBox.

Zapper box

Expect more tuners to hit the market and prices to fall in 2021 and beyond.

Cable channels over radio

Last year, a company called Edge Networks launched the Evoca TV service in Boise, Idaho. The aim is to bridge the gap between free wireless content and paid cable services, especially in markets that are underserved by both types of television broadcasting. To do this, they use the bandwidth potential of NextGenTV. The hope of being able to expand to other small markets in the future. However, they currently have over 60 channels including Insight TV, a 24-hour 4K channel.

Evoca is not intended as a replacement for cable or radio transmissions in most markets. It is an interesting alternative for smaller markets that have fewer channels to choose from and costly internet options with limited speed. You can read more about it in Cable TV channels and 4K from one antenna?.

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