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TVN Tech | 2020 Vision: IP, Cloud, 3.0, 5G Come Into Focus

Next year should see broadcasters making advances in the continuing move to IP, greater use of cloud platforms and significant progress for two new wireless technologies: ATSC 3.0 and the various 5G services being rolled out by wireless carriers. Above, a Sony camcorder and prototype 5G transmitter were used to test camera backhauls over Verizon’s 5G network during a recent NBC NFL broadcast.

Sesh Simha Promoted At One Media 3.0

He takes on responsibility for overseeing Sinclair’s participation in the global ecosystem development of NextGen broadcasting’s direct-to-mobile broadcast-5G convergence. He will also support the company’s international strategic vision for spectrum utilization.

Glenn Reitmeier Opens Up About Television

A founding father of DTV discusses the waterfront of issues facing the television industry.

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TVN Executive Session | Scripps: Don’t Overconsolidate In One Business

Adam Symson, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Co., says leading the company isn’t a quarter-to-quarter proposition, but rather about taking a decades-long view. From that vantage, he sees a growing marketplace for podcasts and multicasting, along with a deepening the OTT sales business and ATSC 3.0’s longer-term potential as crucial fronts to buttress the company’s core broadcast business.

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TVN Tech | Broadcasters Take Long View On 3.0 Payoff

The newly-rechristened NextGen TV will start showing up in working sets at January’s CES with launches slated for the top 40 markets. But a ramp up to revenue will be slow going with advocates saying revenues are at least five years away. The TV2020 panel on the topic comprised (l-r): Anne Schelle, Pearl TV; John Hane, Spectrum Co.; and Joe Chinnici, Public Media Group. (Photo: Wendy Moger-Bross)

Triveni Digital Optimizes 3.0 Stream Analysis With New StreamScope XM Verifier Features

Triveni Digital has unveiled enhancements to its StreamScope XM Verifier software application for receiving, verifying and recording ATSC 3.0 broadcast streams via ROUTE, MMTP or SLTP protocols. The software application now provides support for multiple PLPs within a broadcast transmission, allowing broadcasters to deliver more than one signal to viewers with optimized robustness. Additionally, the StreamScope […]

NextGen TV Moniker Resonates With Consumers

A Magid survey finds that the 3.0 standard’s new capabilities are seen as both an innovative service and a key feature for future consumer considering upgrading their TV receivers.

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Phoenix Adding Second 3.0 Transmission Site

The Phoenix Model Market partners and Pearl TV today unveiled additional NextGen TV development resources for broadcasters and consumer technology companies.

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TV’s Top Topics On Tap At NAB New York

The annual fall gathering will examine TV, satellite, online video, live events, podcasting, advertising, film, corporate A/V, production and post. In addition, held concurrently will be TVNewsCheck’s TV2020: Monetizing the Future conference and The Streaming Summit.

Broadcasters To FCC: Update Regs For 3.0

Commercial and public broadcasters are asking the FCC to relax its rules to allow them to deploy more transmitters at the edge of their service areas as they build out for ATSC 3.0.

Cable Pushes Back Against ATSC 3.0

A sequence of recent actions suggests that cable operators are pushing back against collaboration with the Advanced Television Standards Committee’s efforts to enable carriage of the format on MVPD systems. It is unclear whether they legitimately believe, as claimed, that it is “too early” to establish ATSC 3.0 (aka Next Gen TV) retransmission procedures or if the MVPDs are defensively rejecting the standard’s data transmission opportunities as competition to cable’s own digital agenda.

Verance Brings Watermarking To HbbTV

Verance, a provider of standards-based watermarking, today announced plans to bring its Aspect watermarking technology to Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV), providing a solution that it says will “significantly expand the reach of interactive television services in markets worldwide.” Aspect uses Verance’s high-performance implementation of the standards-based watermarking technologies sanctioned by the HbbTV Association in their recently published […]

South Korea Introduces First ATSC 3.0 Emergency Alert Service

Last week in South Korea, the use of ATSC 3.0 for the delivery of emergency alerts and communication became a reality. The opening ceremony of Korea’s 2019 Broadcast Industry Promotion Week included a launch ceremony for an ATSC 3.0 emergency alert system. At the ceremony, The Korean Ministry of Information and Communication announced the launch of […]

Hybrid TV, 3.0: A New Impulse For Next-Gen TV

Fincons Group publishes a new white paper on ATSC 3.0 and lessons learned from the European Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV systems.

CTA Approves NEXTGEN TV Name, Logo

2020 is expected to start the deployment of ATSC 3.0 technology and services, and in preparation the Consumer Technology Association has announced that it has developed what it is calling the go-to market name and logo for the new technology, NEXTGEN TV. This name and logo will be used to identify devices that meet the ATSC 3.0 interoperability test specifications.

Kerry Oslund Joins Scripps As Strategy VP

The former VP of strategy and business development for Tribune Broadcasting will lead the company’s next-generation television efforts including its ATSC 3.0 strategy and will help identify, develop and evaluate investment and partnership opportunities.

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TV2020 Tackles ATSC 3.0’s Financial Future

Executives driving ATSC 3.0’s implementation take on its costs and potential profits at TVNewsCheck’s annual TV2020: Monetizing the Future conference in New York in October.

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Cable Clams Up On Its 3.0 Recalcitrance

In the six weeks since Charter Communications executives met with senior FCC staffers to explain their reluctance to carry ATSC 3.0 signals, a continuing flurry of discussions has simmered — usually couched in questions about why Charter picked this moment to voice its opposition to carrying the value-added broadcast signals.

ONE Media Reports Successful 3.0 Field Tests

Advanced compression (SHVC), multiplexing and technicolor SL-HDR1 together demonstrate impressive improvements in delivering high-quality video to fixed, mobile devices.

LPTVs Wait For Repack Funds, Eye ATSC 3.0

Money is on the minds of America’s low-power TV station owners these days. With the FCC announcing last month that it is now taking applications for repack reimbursement funds from the TV Broadcasters TV Relocation fund, LPTVs that have paid heavily to switch frequencies under the FCC’s spectrum repack are anxiously awaiting the check in the mail.

One Media Ups Michael Bouchard To Technology Strategy VP

Sinclair Broadcast Group has promoted Michael Bouchard to vice president of technology strategy for its One Media 3.0. He reports to Mark Aitken, president of One Media and will help drive Sinclair’s development and deployment of ATSC 3.0. Bouchard brings more than 25 years of digital and technology experience. He has spent the last six […]

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The Price Point | Will 5G Leapfrog ATSC 3.0?

Hank Price: There is no question ATSC 3.0 will be a great quality advance for television stations. The picture alone makes the upgrade a must have, but it too will be challenged by a wireless competitor: 5G. 5G will empower two-way 3.0 services, but it will also function as a direct competitor, offering far more services than 3.0 alone is capable of.

Tvxplorer 3.0 App Launched By Airwavz.tv

Airwavz.tv, a mobile NextGen TV solutions company, has released TvXplorer  a broadcast TV analysis and playback application for ATSC 3.0 Next-Gen TV.  Designed for TV professionals in the field as well as the lab, TV station owners and operators and executives, TvXplorer is built for (and works exclusively with) Airwavz.tv RedZone Receiver. TvXplorer works with Airwavz.tv […]

Charter Challenges Broadcasters’ 3.0 Argument

Charter execs put on something of a full court press at FCC last week to talk down broadcaster’s ATSC 3.0 transition. They met with staffers in the Media Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology, as well as aides to four of the five commissioners, including the chairman. “We also discussed the consumer benefits of the ATSC 3.0 transition, noting that broadcasters have yet to define which among those possible uses of the new standard they are interested in pursuing,” Charter said in summarizing the meeting.

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Dash Of Broadband Could Empower ATSC 3.0

Tech vendors and broadcasters led by Sinclair and Weigel are developing ways to offer high-resolution TV and targeted advertising by layering broadband content on top of the basic ATSC 3.0 over-the-air signals.

Comark, DigiCAP Partner On ATSC 3.0 Solutions

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark, a manufacturer and supplier of DTV transmitters, encoding systems, and associated field services for over 45 years, has signed a partnership agreement with DigiCAP Co. making Comark an authorized reseller and service provider of the DigiCAP hardware and software lines. Comark will be focusing on the North American broadcast DTV market […]

Sinclair, Saankhya Developing Off-Load Platform

The platform will enable 4G and 5G wireless operators to offload OTT and live content on to the  “one-to-many” broadcast Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) networks that broadcasting are building with ATSC 3.0.

MULTICASTING 2019, PART II

Multicasting Special Report | Improved Encoders Equal More Diginets

Broadcasters are capitalizing on that simple equation as they try to squeeze every last advertising dollar out of their 6 MHz channels through multicasting. Hopped-up encoders and advanced video compression have also facilitated channel sharing in the wake of the incentive auction and will come in handy for stacking legacy ATSC 1.0 signals as broadcasters roll out ATSC 3.0.

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Cable Sizes Up ATSC 3.0 Challenges

The array of options for over-the-air 3.0 is dizzying. But with roughly 75% of TV households still subscribing to cable, satellite or telco services — and retransmission fees from providing their signals to such pay-TV operators making up a growing portion of broadcasters’ revenue — it’s clear that 3.0 needs to work with cable in order to be a long-term success.

More Tech Companies Join AWARN Alliance

The addition of Japanese companies expands the coalition’s international footprint.

Fox Television Stations Joins AWARN Alliance

It’s the first O&O station group to join coalition of commercial and public broadcasters, consumer electronics makers, tech companies and trade associations developing a voluntary advanced emergency messaging capability using ATSC 3.0.

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Broadcasters Tackle 3.0 ‘Nuts And Bolts’

The ATSC Next-Gen TV Conference in Washington this week covered a wide range of updates on what broadcasters have done, are doing and need to do to smoothly get the next-gen transmission standard on the air across the country.

FCC Accepting ATSC 3.0 Applications

Effective yesterday, May 28, the FCC is accepting applications for television stations to begin to convert to the next-generation TV transmission standard – ATSC 3.0 or “Nex Gen TV.” Last week, the commission issued a Public Notice announcing that the form (FCC Form 2100) necessary for stations to apply to transition to the new standard is now available for both full-power (Schedule B to Form 2100), low-power (Schedule D) and Class A TV stations (Schedule F).

Startup Created To Build ATSC 3.0 SFNs

Public Media Group was unveiled today at the ATSC’s 2019 Next Gen TV Broadcast Conference in Washington. It comprises Public Media Venture Group, a coalition of 31 noncommercial broadcasters with 117 stations, and Cleveland-based Osborn Engineering, among others.

FCC To Begin Accepting ATSC 3.0 Applications

The FCC says it will begin accepting applications from broadcasters to deploy ATSC 3.0 on May 28. The commission approved the standard in November 2017 but needed to revise a number of forms before it could begin accepting applications.

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Broadcasters Make In-Car Play For ATSC 3.0

While conversations between broadcasters and car makers are just starting, ATSC 3.0 proponents say that given the three-to-five-year build cycle of a typical new model it’s crucial to get 3.0 receiver chips into car makers’ design plans by next spring so they’re ready to roll in 2024, by which time next-gen stations will be broadcasting across the U.S.

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WMYD To Host Detroit’s First ATSC 3.0 Signal

The Scripps MyNetworkTV affiliate will test ATSC 3.0 technology in collaboration with Graham Media and other Motor City broadcasters.

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Jessell | Forget Tribune. Sinclair Keeps Moving Forward

There may be a big silver lining to Sinclair’s loss of its proposed merger with Tribune. In its wake the group has shifted its strategy from TV station acquisition to nonbroadcast ventures like regional sports networks, OTT services and possibly some kind of national news service. And it’s continuing to lead the way toward ATSC 3.0, which it is convinced will multiply the value of broadcast spots through targeting, and enable lucrative new businesses like datacasting.

The Car May Be TV’s Next Big Daypart

In a rare cross-industry exercise to plan for how some burgeoning new technologies — 5G and ATSC 3.0 — might impact the advertising and media industry, a consortium backed by Fox today will release a white paper summing up a variety of scenarios to help advertisers, agencies and media suppliers prepare for the future.

Verance Aspect Moves Into 3 More Markets

Verance Corp. says it has expanded into the Santa Barbara, Calif., Cleveland and Phoenix markets as part of relationships with News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting (NPG), the National Association of Broadcasters and Pearl TV. The company says increased adoption of the Verance Aspect watermark “stems from its ability to empower broadcasters with two-way connections, census-like audience measurement and […]