SOURCE: MHz Networks

MHz Networks

June 02, 2009 15:57 ET

June 12 Digital Transition Ascends MHz Networks to Title of Largest Broadcaster in Washington, D.C. Metro

FALLS CHURCH, VA--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - On June 12, the United States will wake up to the digital age of broadcasting. That same afternoon Washington, D.C. area residents will be able to watch ten premier international television channels from MHz Networks, all for free.

Like many broadcasters, MHz Networks has been preparing for the digital transition for a long time. What's different is MHz Networks has formulated its technology in a highly innovative way to bring viewers a programming line-up not replicated anywhere else in the country.

On the forefront of independent, non-commercial broadcasting, both technically and in mission, MHz Networks globally-minded viewers have come to appreciate the MHz Networks brand for bringing the world, direct from the source, in English stateside through the import of global news, entertainment and more.

MHz Networks Chief Executive, Frederick Thomas says, "We aim to connect the world community and to promote global understanding. Nowhere will that be more evident than in Washington, D.C., where through our ten channels, we hope to help connect domestic decision makers and international opinion."

It has been roughly ten years since MHz Networks started working in digital, beginning with the 1998 incorporation of digital editing. Then, in 2003, one of the MHz Networks channels (licensed as WNVT) became the first non-commercial "digital-only" broadcast channel in the country.

Working with the premier cable and telco operators in the D.C. area though Comcast, Cox and Verizon FIOS, MHz Networks was able to provide its digital broadcast channels nearly 2 years before viewers were aware that those same channels were available for free over-the-air.

"We do feel we utilize the public media space in a very forward-thinking way: no other broadcaster in the D.C. metro is providing the number of channels or content that we are," said Thomas, "and the technologies and content to be available from MHz Networks in the near future, like mobile TV, continue our tradition of innovation."

MHz Networks unveils its new 10-channel line-up on channels 30.1-30.10 on June 12.

Channels 30.1-30.5 will originate from the Fairfax Country tower (WNVC) in Merrifield, Virginia, including MHz Worldview, NHK World TV, MCN, RT and BVN.

Channels 30.6-30.10 will originate from Prince William County tower (WNVT) located near Quantico, Virginia/95 South, including SABC, France 24, NTA, VTV and euronews.

On July 1, Al Jazeera English will replace BVN on channel 30.5.

The MHz Networks line-up is also available via all local cable, satellite and telco operators.

Check your local listings for MHz Networks channels or visit the MHz in D.C. section of to see how to watch in your area.

MHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international educational and arts programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.

MHz Worldview, MHz Networks flagship channel, brings programming to globally-minded audiences in the US though affiliates, including cable, satellite and online. Serving the Washington, D.C. area's 4.9 million residents with eight local broadcast channels, MHz Networks features programs from around the world on-air in more than 20 different languages.

A division of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corporation headquartered in Richmond, VA, MHz Networks is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. MHz has studio facilities in Falls Church, VA and at Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Stephanie Misar
    8101 A Lee Highway
    Falls Church, VA 22042


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