The FCC released an update to its DTS (distributed transmission system) coverage rules to expand the permissible range of signal spillover and replace the subjective “minimal amount” language used to describe spillovers as a way to promote ATSC 3.0 reaching its full potential. The change gives broadcasters more flexibility in placement of DTS transmitters.
Tests on the East and West coasts are separate, but do have a collaborative spirit.
ATSC President Madeleine Noland weighs in on the technology’s COVID-hampered rollout, the importance of peripheral receiver devices for viewers’ embrace and prospective nontraditional uses cases for the spectrum as a broadcast revenue driver.
The pitch for ATSC 3.0, the IP-based broadcast television standard marketed as NextGen TV, often focuses on the 4K resolution it can deliver over the air. But at the online-only CES 2021, industry executives suggested it might appeal more to viewers’ ears than their eyes. “We’ve had a lot of conversations around audio and NextGen,” said Grace Dolan, Samsung VP for integrated marketing, at a “Next Generation Television in Focus” panel Tuesday morning.
WSYX, WCMH, WWHO and WTTE are now broadcasting with ATSC 3.0 technology.
In the lead-up to CES, it says the majority of American viewers are expected to have ATSC 3.0 broadcasts available to them by fall.
Public broadcasters are backing their commercial counterparts’ request that the FCC “clarify” or establish flexibility when it comes to multicast channels, both in ATSC 1.0 and using the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast transmission standard (branded NextGen TV).
The debut on KDVR and KWGN marks the company’s 12th market and 22nd station to roll out ATSC 3.0 in this year. Nexstar plans to convert 32 more stations in 20 additional markets in 2021
With the addition of its WRAL and WRAZ, plus noncommercial WUNC shortly, Raleigh, N.C., has 9 stations airing the new NextGen TV technology.
KOMO, KIRO, KCPQ, KING, KONG, KZJO and KUNS have implemented NextGen TV technology.
Seven stations in the market are working together with Comcast to test how
NextGen TV signals could best be transmitted by cable TV systems.
The FCC is throwing its support behind Broadcast Internet, approving a Report & Order that updates the rules and fee structure related to Broadcast Internet services made possible by ATSC 3.0. Among the potential Broadcast Internet services is datacasting.
Trends driven by the pandemic are likely to persist into 2021 and beyond, while transitions to IP infrastructures will accelerate and aging on-prem infrastructure will give way to increased reliance on the cloud. NextGen TV will also likely pick up speed after COVID’s cooling effect on its rollout this year.
WMYD, WXYZ, WDIV, WWJ and WJBK have implemented NextGen TV technology. Also debuting is the Motown 3.0 Open Test Track for merging automotive applications with NextGen TV.
WNXG Tallahassee, Fla., simulcasts five programming services that Gray broadcasts in the market on its ATSC 1.0 full-power television channels WCTV and WFXU: CBS, Me/My, Circle, Ion and Justice.
ATSC 3.0 quietly achieved a significant milestone in South Korea Sept. 14-18 and again Oct. 19-23 with over-the-air transmission of 8K television.
WMOR, WFTS, WFLA, WTSP and WTVT have implemented NextGen TV technology.
The former vice president of advanced technology at the National Association of Broadcasters, is tapped to be vice president for emerging technologies at the Sinclair Broadcast Group NextGen TV subsidiary.
The FCC is seeking comment on a National Association of Broadcasters petition to clarify the application of the FCC’s ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) rules to multicast streams. Those are the extra channels broadcasters got in the switch to digital.
WAVY, WVBT, WNLO-CD and WTVZ have begun broadcasting with NextGen TV technology.
WTVD, WNCN, WUVC, WLFL and WRDC have begun broadcasting with NextGen TV technology.
The new level of certification was developed by the Society of Broadcast Engineers Certification Committee, chaired by Ralph Hogan, with direct assistance from the Advanced Television Systems Committee.
NextGen TV, the evolution of broadcast TV powered by the ATSC 3.0 standard, will have wide-ranging impacts on how TV is delivered and viewed by consumers, but according to John Lawson, executive director of the AWARN Alliance, perhaps no broadcast element has a bigger upside with NextGen TV than weather.
As they transition to ATSC 3.0, the Next Gen TV transmission standard, broadcasters want the FCC to clarify/modify the TV station license framework for simulcasting to extend to multicast streams. The FCC is allowing stations to partner on distribution arrangements so that broadcasters can continue to deliver a primary stream in ATSC 1.0 given that ATSC 3.0 is not backward compatible with current sets. The NAB, in a petition for declaratory rulemaking, wants the FCC to declare that various multi-station arrangements for hosting and originating multicast streams in ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 are OK.
Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark, a manufacturer and supplier of DTV transmitters, encoding systems, and associated field services for over 45 years, has hired Damon Roach as the business development manager at Comark Digital Services (CDS). Damon will be specifically overseeing ATSC 3.0|NextGen TV projects and opportunities. Roach’s most recent experience in the broadcast industry was […]
Tegna’s independent KONG plans to begin NextGen TV broadcasts for itself and co-owned NBC affiliate KING in early December, with KONG serving as the host, or lighthouse station.
ATSC 3.0, the new broadcast signaling standard branded as NextGen TV, is starting to break away from the TV screen and gain its first foothold on the smartphone. One Media 3.0, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group, said it has taken possession of its first handful of Android smartphones with embedded ATSC 3.0 antennas. This initial batch of devices — branded as the Mark One, and unlocked to run on the T-Mobile and AT&T mobile networks — are not production-grade products but are instead considered evaluation units tagged for trials and tests.
Broadcasters participating in the Phoenix Model Market launch of NextGen TV service have added a single frequency network, a move designed to give enhanced reception for viewers and broaden the reach of broadcasters transmitting to ATSC 3.0 sets. KASW, a CW affiliate owned by The E.W. Scripps Co., has put into service one of the […]
ATSC 3.0 deployment is well underway in the U.S., as the ATSC has shared that there will be more than 60 “first markets” — including the top 40 markets — that will bring the NextGen TV standard to its viewers in 2020. With these markets, ATSC says 3.0 will reach 70% of all viewers in the U.S. To date, six markets are “on the air” with 3.0 and four are readying broadcasts, having FCC permission but are not yet on air.
Broadcasters competing in an increasingly direct-to-consumer world will need to know more about how consumers are experiencing their programming, predicted Brick Eksten, CEO of Qligent. During a Fireside Chat at TV2025: Monetizing the Future, Eksten said TV engineers have long monitored their content up to the point at which it plays out to the viewer. As they build their business in OTT and ATSC 3.0, however, TV executives will join Netflix and other DTC giants in keeping close tabs on how well their content is performing as the consumer engages with it.
With NextGen TV, broadcasters are moving from a one-to-many relationship with viewers, via a TV hanging on the wall, to a one-on-one relationship with them, said Mark Aitken, president of One Media. During a Fireside Chat at TV2025: Monetizing the Future, Aitken held an ATSC 3.0-enabled smartphone the company has developed and suggested the industry would one day create a broadcast app store, similar to those operated by Apple and Android. “The deployments now underway are shaping an understanding that now is the time to open up the innovators paradise, in the form of an app store, to let developers create,” he said.
WEAR, WKRG, WPMI, WFNA, WFGX and WJTC began broadcasting Thursday with NextGen TV technology.
NextGen TV’s revenue is likely to come from wholly different services than traditional linear programming, according to technology executives on a panel at TVNewsCheck’s TV2025 this week. Broadcasters need to think of 3.0 as “an entirely new platform” to realize its monetization potential, says BIA’s Rick Ducey. Read the story and/or watch the full video above.
In addition to traditional programming, Sinclair plans to use channel capacity from one of the stations to provide advanced “Broadcast Internet” services. “We now have a prime showcase for the amazing features of NextGen TV that members of Congress and the Federal Communications Commission can witness first-hand,” said Chris Ripley, Sinclair’s president-CEO.
It debuts its new pay TV service — the first such subscription-based NextGen TV service — over low-power KBSE-LD and KCBB-LD in Boise, Idaho.
ATSC 3.0 in smartphones took a big step forward this week with delivery of the first of hundreds of production sample phones to the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a key part of the station group’s strategy to ensure that NextGen TV one day is an integral part of mobile phones and other devices. The ONE Media Mark One phone powered by Saankhya Labs is an Android smartphone with built-in Saankhya Labs SL4000 ATSC 3.0 receiver chip providing NextGen TV reception, tuning and demodulation.
KOCO, KFOR, KOKH, KOCB and KAUT began broadcasting Thursday with NextGen TV technology.
KXAN, KEYE, KNVA and KBVO-CD began broadcasting Tuesday with NextGen TV technology.
When it comes to the deployment of ATSC 3.0 and the new services that it can provide to broadcasting and beyond, the NAB tells the FCC it should take a “light regulatory touch.” On a call on Oct. 1, NAB spoke with the FCC Media Bureau on its Notice of Ex Parte Communication that deals with potential ATSC 3.0 regulations, specifically regarding new services that broadcasters could offer the public with the NextGen TV standard.