Changing Broadcast Environment Triggers Signal Monitoring and Analysis Challenges

Broadcasters around the world are adopting new transmission standards, while in the U.S., stations are preparing to move to new channel assignments, even as they eye single frequency networks as their ticket to reaching consumers moving around outside the home. All of these transmission changes open up new possibilities for in-band and co-channel interference, and as engineers prepare to cope with those, they will also need solutions for dealing with the special monitoring needs of SFNs. It all adds up to the need for a new level of sophistication in signal monitoring and analysis. Pictured here is a clean signal monitored by Avateq’s ActiveCore® RF Layer Monitoring Receiver and Signal Analyzer.


Transmitters May Be Repack’s Silver Lining

New high-power solid-state transmitters can provide a superior alternative to first-gen digital units. They are more efficient, cheaper to run and will be paid for by the government. (Photo: Rohde & Schwarz)

SFN May Solve Post-Repack Coverage Issues

Coming on the heels of the TV spectrum repack will likely be ATSC 3.0, the next-generation TV standard that will, among other things, allow stations to deliver HDTV to mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones. But the single Big Stick approach may not be sufficient. To ensure they can reach mobile devices with […]

ATSC 3.0

ONE Media To Test Next-Gen SFN Platform

The ATSC 3.0 proponent receives FCC approval to operate a full-power, single frequency network test platform in Washington and Baltimore on ch. 43. It will broadcast a range of next-gen services that include fixed, portable and mobile capabilities to provide real-time assessments of the new Internet protocol-based standard currently being reviewed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee.