Kathrein Debuts UHF Variable Polarization Omni Antenna For NextGen TV Or LPTV

UHF super-turnstile antennas manufacturer Kathrein has added to its line of omnidirectional super-turnstile antennas, introducing a new model with elliptical and circular capabilities for NextGen TV and LPTV applications. The company says its new 7500000043 antenna “is the first super-turnstile model with variable polarization which can be stacked to increase gain and power capabilities.” The […]

3.0’s New Services Could Help During Crisis

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a panel of broadcast stakeholders reported that they are proceeding to implement the U.S.’ voluntary NextGen TV broadcast transmission system, while identifying what could be potential opportunities for local broadcasters to use the new services to support their communities during the crisis. The remote panel discussion was held Thursday as part of NAB Show Express, a virtual event featuring some of the panels and content that had been planned for the 2020 NAB Show.

Pearl: 3.0 Will Be Delayed By Coronavirus

Ongoing impacts from COVID-19 could mean broadcasters won’t hit their goal of launching ATSC 3.0 in 40 markets this year, according to Pearl TV’s Anne Schelle. The broadcasting group’s managing director commented as part of a remote panel at a virtual IABM conference and discussed the pandemic’s effects on ATSC 3.0 rollout plans. Coming out of CES in January 2020, she said, the industry was in a good position to launch ATSC 3.0 in 40 markets this year, including multiple new TV models with built-in support for the new over-the-air broadcasting standard. But the pandemic has essentially delayed plans by about a quarter compared to where it should be at this point.

ATSC 3.0 Holds Key To Educational Success

Closure of the nation’s schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the gap in access to broadband internet service between those with means and those without, those in cities and suburbs and those in rural America. Jim DeChant, of News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting, says there is an alternative to the internet that can fill this digital divide. By taking advantage of specific tools available in the ATSC 3.0 standard, broadcasters can deliver lessons over the air to students that can be stored on a NextGen TV home gateway and accessed via Wi-Fi from a home computer, media tablet or cell phone using a web browser, he says.

Dielectric Moves Production Focus From Repack To NextGen TV

As the U.S. spectrum repack advances toward conclusion, Dielectric says it is hard at work preparing for the next generation of over-the-air broadcast opportunities. With Dielectric preparing its remaining shipments for Phase 10 — the final repack phase for higher power stations — the company reports an approximate 82% of the total repack market share, and a strong […]

TECH ONE-ON-ONE WITH RICHARD FRIEDEL

Tech One On One | For Fox-Owned Stations, Pandemic Responses Look To Be A Precursor Of Future Workflows

Richard Friedel, Fox Television Stations’ engineering chief, says the pandemic will likely accelerate the industry’s transition to IP and the cloud, slow down the NextGen TV rollout this year and permanently shift many station operations remotely. “We are going to have different workflows,” he says. “Some will probably continue forever.”

Sinclair To Launch 3.0 Station On May 26

Sinclair says KVCW, the company’s CW affiliate in Las Vegas, will begin broadcasting in ATSC 3.0 on May 26, marking the company’s first commercial deployment of the NextGen TV standard. KVCW was originally scheduled to launch 3.0 broadcasts just prior to the NAB Show in April, but the launch was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which also resulted in the cancellation of the annual event.

ATSC To Provide 3.0 Progress Report In May

The Advanced Television Systems Committee says it will issue a spring 2020 progress report on May 11, just ahead of the NAB Show Express virtual event, May 13-14.

Comark And VideoFlow Partner On ATSC 1.0 And 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 reseller agreement with VideoFlow for intelligent content delivery solutions over IP networks, including public internet. The VideoFlow products will be integrated into the end-to-end workflows for both ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 […]

OPEN MIKE FROM JOHN LAWSON

Pandemic Reveals NextGen TV’s Opportunity

COVID-19 is an international emergency — and it’s also a good opportunity to talk about the future of news with NextGen TV.

NextGen TV Gear Not Ready For Consumers

While TV sets will hit retail floors soon, low-cost gear for the masses is still elusive.

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH CATHERINE BADALAMENTE

TVN Executive Session | Graham Keeps Faith In Digital, NextGen TV

Graham Media’s SVP and Chief Innovation Officer Catherine Badalamente is pivoting quickly to deal with the new realities of coronavirus-era broadcasting, but she saw disruption on the horizon before that. She says digital platforms like OTT and NextGen TV offer some of the best hedges against future disruption, if only legacy salespeople can finally get on side.

NextGen TV To Spur Transmission Market

Manufacturers are ready for where the new transmission standard will lead market.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | COVID-19 Delays, Not Derails, NextGen TV Plans

Las Vegas and Portland, Ore. will light up their NextGen TV markets in June from their initially-slated late April launch, but the broadcasters and coalition driving the new industry standard forward say major launches will still move ahead this year. The launches will coincide with the arrival in retail stores of the first 3.0-capable sets. Above, six LG sets will bear the NextGen TV logo, including the 55-, 65- and 77-inch class GX Gallery Series 4K Ultra HD models.

Portland Stations Plan ATSC 3.0 Rollout

Stations from Meredith, Nexstar, Sinclair and Tegna have applied for FCC approval to launch NextGen TV in Oregon.

Public Stations Prep For NextGen Opportunities

The APTS Public Media Summit looked at how public stations can be a rich testing ground for new ATSC 3.0 capabilities.

HPA: 3.0 Can Give TV ‘Level Playing Field’

A “Broadcasters’ Panel” has been a fixture at the HPA Tech Retreat program for years. This year was no exception, with panelists discussing the future with NextGen TV and the the impact that the cloud and IP will have.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | RF Repack Marching Toward Completion

Vendors see the end of a long RF repack process ahead with FCC deadlines being met, sometimes assisted by Special Temporary Authorities and interim transmission facilities. RF vendors are now looking to other revenue opportunities as the repack slows down. (Dielectric photo)

Dielectric Expands Powerlite For NextGen TV At NAB Show

Dielectric will strengthen its global Powerlite brand for broadcasters with new systems built specifically for NextGen TV, based on the ATSC 3.0 standard. To be introduced at the 2020 NAB Show (April 19-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center), the new Powerlite TFU-WB-LP Series addresses the unique requirements of ATSC 3.0 single-frequency networks (SFNs). The series offers multiple variations, patterns and software-defined proposal generators to help broadcasters develop perfectly-defined, multi-site low-power antenna systems. […]

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH BRETT JENKINS

TVN Executive Session | Nexstar: Bigger Scale, More IP Opportunities

Nexstar sees more potential to transition to IP workflows with its acquisition of Tribune, says CTO Brett Jenkins. It’s also aiming to light up some major-market NextGen TV signals in the second quarter amid what Jenkins sees as a climate of strong consumer acceptance and adoption of the new ATSC 3.0 standard.

Broadcasters Seek Changes To Avoid 3.0 Delays

NAB, legal counsel for Pearl TV and the general counsel of Meredith met last week with staff of the FCC Media Bureau to discuss the transition to NextGen TV and recommend a change in what broadcasters submit to the agency as part of their ATSC 3.0 license applications to allay concerns over possible contractual indemnification issues.

NATPE 2020

NATPE 2020 | Sook Sees Plenty Of Promise For OTA, Nexstar

Nexstar CEO and President Perry Sook says leagues like the NBA may turn to broadcasters for their over-the-air advantage amid underperforming cable ratings, and that NextGen TV is the greatest tool a TV group can use “to control its destiny.” And he’s bullish about Nexstar’s biggest competitive advantage — its local news and sales forces.

NextGen TV: ‘This Is Year One’

The standard has been approved, testing is ongoing and new TV sets with support for NextGen TV (aka ATSC 3.0) debuted at CES2020 earlier this month. Now comes the hard part — marketing it. That was among the chief topics at SMPTE’s NextGen TV Summit hosted by WETA Washington last week.

BIA: NextGen TV To Drive Local Growth

In addition to advanced TV, the forecast examines growth across TV OTA, TV online, OTT, retrans and non-broadcasting.

New Year, A Clearer Vision For Broadcast?

Trends that will shape the industry include the ratcheting up of OTT streaming services, shuffled alliances between content companies, downsizing and consolidation among technology vendors, and ongoing adoption of IP, AI, advanced advertising and NextGen TV.

Sinclair, SK Telecom Debut US 3.0 Business

The new Cast.era joint venture plans to provide NextGen TV solutions for the television industry rollout, starting with Sinclair stations this year. It will focus on three main business areas: cloud infrastructure for broadcasting, ultra-low latency OTT broadcasting and personalized advertising.

CES 2020

CES 2020 | NextGen TV’s Next Steps And OTT Lessons

For many broadcasters, NextGen TV took up much of last week’s CES show’s oxygen in a series of announcements and presentations. But industry leaders shouldn’t miss what may have been the most tectonic, tangible announcement in Las Vegas: NBCU’s groundbreaking new One Platform, which simplifies the ad buying and selling process across any screen.

TVN Tech | NexGen TV Turns Heads (And Sets) At CES

The annual consumer electronics bazaar offered an important stage for fledgling NextGen TV this week, while also allowing varied glimpses at 5G, anticipatory technology and acres of beautiful new screens including the Samsung Sero that shifts from a horizontal to vertical perspective.

CES 2020

Tech Firms Launch First 3.0 Consumer Products

The introductions by LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony mirror the initial nationwide rollout of NextGen TV service, powered by the ATSC 3.0 broadcasting standard, planned for more than 60 markets across the U.S.

Sinclair Adds Triveni Digital’s NextGen TV Service Quality Assurance Solutions

Sinclair Broadcast is optimizing its service quality assurance operations with Triveni Digital solutions. Sinclair has purchased 30 of Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM MT ATSC 1.0 analyzer and ATSC 3.0 combo units, and 10 StreamScope XM verifier software applications to simplify its transition to NextGen TV. Based on Triveni Digital’s unified, software-based solutions that support both ATSC […]

CES 2020

Synamedia Joins Pearl TV In Phoenix Test

With NextGen TV set to take the mainstage at CES, Synamedia joins the largest industry test bed for ATSC 3.0 services.

TVN FOCUS ON CES 2020

TVN Tech | At CES, NextGen TV’s Coming Out Party

Next week’s CES in Las Vegas will once again take over the Strip with a sprawling, frenetic glimpse into tomorrow’s consumer technology. This time, NextGen TV will make its show floor debut, and hopes are high consumers will notice.

TVN’S TV2020 CONFERENCE

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)

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.

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.