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MHz D.C. News Channels Going Off-Air April 1, 2018


Washington - MHz Networks will end its broadcast and cable distribution of their international news channels in the Washington, D.C. market on March 31, 2018. The move represents a change in television technologies as the company grows into the digital streaming world with MHz Choice and MHz Worldview.

"The broadcast and cable television industries have undergone major changes, and challenges, during the past ten years", said Frederick Thomas, President of MHz Networks. "Faced with the economics involved in acquiring a new broadcast platform and facility, while also growing a subscription streaming service (MHz Choice) and a national network (MHz Worldview) we had to make a realistic and difficult decision."

After the spectrum that carried WNVC and WNVT was sold in the FCC spectrum auction, MHz had to find a new broadcast home for its D.C. channels. "In the last eight months we have tried multiple approaches to keep the international channels alive in D.C.," says Thomas. "We looked at acquiring another license and to other providers for channel carriage. The former ended in too many moving pieces and the latter proved difficult for the cable systems without a must-carry broadcast partner."

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