MHz Networks is a Northern Virginia based independent, non-commercial educational broadcaster that serves the Washington, D.C. area with 12 digital broadcast channels. The legal broadcast callsigns for the two stations are WNVC (channel 24) and WNVT (channel 30), rebranded as MHz Networks. WNVC is licensed to Fairfax, Virginia with studios in Falls Church, Virginia and WNVT is licensed in Goldvein, Virginia.
MHz Networks headquarters and studios are located in Falls Church, VA with an additional business office/studio located at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.
Available as digital broadcast channels 30.1–30.12, MHz Networks channels are also available on all cable, satellite and telco providers in the Washington, DC area, including Comcast, Cox, RCN, Verizon FiOS, DirecTV and Dish Network.
MHz Networks also distributes its national channel, MHz Worldview, throughout the U.S. to more than 40 million households through its network of digital broadcast, cable, satellite and telco affiliates.
MHz Worldview is available to viewers in over half the top-20 U.S. television markets through affiliates in: New York City, New York: WNYJ (WFME); Los Angeles, California: KLCS; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: MiNDTV; Chicago, Illinois: WYCC; San Francisco, California: KCSM; Washington, D.C.: WNVC/MHz Networks; Tacoma/Seattle, Washington: KBTC; Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, Ohio: WNEO/WEAO; Minneapolis, Minnesota: MPS Cable; Denver, Colorado: KBDI; Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne, Florida: WDSC; Charlotte, North Carolina: WTVI; Nashville, Tennessee: WNPT; Salt Lake City, Utah: UEN (statewide); Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Michican: WGVU-TV; Spokane/Yakima, Washington: KWSU; New Orleans, Louisiana: WLAE; Las Vegas, Nevada: Vegas PBS; Richmond, Virginia: WCVE; Flint, Michigan: WDCQ; Charleston, Illinois: WEIU-TV; Plattsburgh, New York- Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE); Lansing, Michigan: LCC TV; Moline, Illinois (Quad Cities): WQPT; Topeka, Kansas: KTWU; Rochester-Austin, Minnesota: KSMQ; Athens, Ohio: WOUB-TV; Charlottesville, Virginia: WHTJ; St. Paul, Minnesota: St. Paul Neighborhood Network; Stanford, California: Stanford University Cable; as well as nationally via DirecTV.
MHz Networks is available nationally on a series of digital spaces: including mobile (iOS and Android mobile and tablet apps), live news audio at AudioNow, broadband (Roku digital video player) over the top TV (Google TV), VOD and innovative MHz Networks Home Entertainment retail, as well as Amazon Video, Hulu. Additional launches are scheduled for 2014.
MHz International Mystery & MHz Home Entertainment
MHz International Mystery presents the largest collection of crime fiction from around the world to an American audience. Mankell’s Wallander, Simenon’s Maigret, Leon’s Brunetti, Annika Bengtzon, and Camilleri’s Montalbano are among the many literary bestsellers adapted into riveting global television. MHz International Mystery is featured in prime time each evening at 9 PM ET nationally on MHz Worldview and exclusively on MHz Home Entertainment DVD collections with English subtitles.
MHz Home Entertainment offers a platform of nearly 100 award-winning international mysteries, crime and political dramas from around the globe. The programs are available on a proprietary MHz DVD product at shop.mhznetworks.org or by streaming at www.mhznetworks.org, Hulu, Amazon Video and Roku digital video players.
WNVT first signed on March 1, 1972 on Channel 53 as a public broadcaster independent of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). On June 6, 1981 Channel 56 signed on as a similar station (as WIAH) and in 1982, changed its call letters to WNVC. Since channel 56 signed on, the two stations were operated from the same Northern Virginia studios, and were run as sister stations. The WNVT studios were originally at Northern Virginia Community College. When the station was under construction, the school offered an associate of arts in broadcast engineering technology. Prior to WNVT, channel 53 had a brief experimental transmission from somewhere in downtown Washington, D.C.
In 2001, the two stations became known as MHz Networks, with WNVC becoming MHz and WNVT becoming MHz2. In 2003, WNVT became digital-only on channel 30. On September 1, 2008, WNVC ceased broadcasting in analog permanently and took the digital broadcast silent to perform technical modifications. WNVC has a construction permit (now on-air) to relocate its digital signal to channel 24, after WUTB in Baltimore vacated its analog signal on June 12, 2009.
In 2010 they started offering a Video on Demand service with paid premium and free service through the Roku Digital Video player. MHz Networks was the fourth overall content partner asked to launch on the Roku platform, with only Netflix, Amazon and MLB launching prior to MHz.
In July 2009, Washington, D.C. TV stations became a test market for Mobile DTV, and WNVT was one of the participating stations.
Like all of the DC-area Mobile DTV broadcasters, WNVC-TV commenced ATSC-M/H broadcasting on February 27, 2011. WNVC-TV also has two Mobile DTV feeds, one of subchannel 30.1 (MHz Worldview), labelled "MHz 1", and a feed of sister station WNVT's 30.7 (France 24, showing up as 30.2), labelled "MHz 7", broadcasting at 3.67 Mbit/s.
Channel numbers given are digital virtual channels, with six being transmitted by each station. Both stations feature international programming 24 hours daily.
- MHz1 (30.1): MHz Worldview (in English or with English subtitles)
- MHz2 (30.2): NHK World (in Japanese and English)
- MHz3 (30.3): CCTV News (in English)
- MHz4 (30.4): RT (in English)
- MHz5 (30.5): Blue Ocean Network (from China, in English)
- MHz6 (30.6): CCTV Documentary (in English and with English subtitles if possible)
- MHz7 (30.7): France 24 (in English)
- MHz8 (30.8): CNC World (in English)
- MHz9 (30.9): Arirang (in English)
- MHz10 (30.10): TeleSUR (in Spanish)
- MHZ 11 (30.11): Ukraine Today
- MHZ 12 (30.12): Vietnet: VTC10
Services formerly offered
These digital subchannels are no longer offered:
- MHz3 (30.3): Metro Chinese Network; replaced by CCTV News.
- MHz5 (57.3): Beste van Vlaanderen en Nederland (in Dutch and English); replaced by Al Jazeera English.
- MHz5 (30.5): Al Jazeera English; replaced by Blue Ocean Network on August 20, 2013 when Al Jazeera English was pulled from US distribution with the inception of Al Jazeera America.
- MHz6 (30.6): SABC News International; replaced by MHz Native.
- MHz6 (30.6): MHz Native; replaced by CCTV Documentary.
- MHz8 (57.4): Macroview TV; replaced by Nigerian Television Authority.
- MHz8 (30.8): Nigerian Television Authority; replaced by Ethiopian Television.
- MHz8 (30.8): Ethiopian Television; replaced by RT Spanish and later returned to MHz10.
- MHz8 (30.8): RT Spanish
- MHz9 (30.9): VTV4 (in Vietnamese); replaced by Arirang; moved to a 12-hour slot on MHz6 and later to MHz11.
- MHz10 (30.10): Euronews (in English); replaced by Ethiopian Television; moved to a 12-hour slot on MHz6.
- MHz10 (30.10): Ethiopian Television; replaced by CNC World.
- MHz11 (30.11): VTV4; replaced by TeleSUR.
- MHz12 (30.12): Arise News/TRT Türk; replaced by Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation.
- MHz12 (30.12): Ethiopian Television; replaced by Vietnet