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Sinclair Broadcast joint venture tests first system to deliver mobile TV viewing

A joint venture of Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group has begun testing a first-of-its-kind broadcast system that will allow high-definition TV viewing on mobile and portable devices.

One Media, a joint investment between Sinclair and Coherent Logix formed to build a "Next Generation" broadcast transmission platform for the television industry, began broadcasting on Monday in the Baltimore and Washington markets using a single frequency network that ONE Media jointly built with TeamCast.

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"This is the first of hundreds of [single frequency networks] Sinclair Broadcast Group...and other broadcasters will roll out in adoption of the Next Gen Technology," the company said in a statement Tuesday.

The testing uses channel 43 in both markets.

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"With the build-out of a first-of-its-kind SFN platform, ONE Media's... technology will be used to drive an understanding of the value new tools bring to broadcasting," said Kevin Gage, executive vice president of strategic development and chief technology officer of ONE Media, in the announcement. "We intend this new platform to be a place where the broadcast industry can unite to launch new and exciting consumer and B2B products and services."

The Next Generation platform is designed to extend the existing tall tower broadcast infrastructure and enable broadcasting of mobile television to vehicles and portable devices for the first time.

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