On June 29, 2016, WRAL-TV became the first commercially-licensed television station to broadcast its news under next-generation standards, ATSC 3.0. WRAL launched the new station with a 4K/UHD documentary followed by the WRAL live news.
ASTC 3.0 is the next-generation broadcast platform. The standard will provide higher quality broadcasting pictures, better indoor reception, and coverage for wireless devices. The ATSC 3.0 standard is built on an IP backbone, which provides the best of broadcast and broadband services.