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Advanced Television Systems Committee Invites Audio System Proposals for ATSC 3.0

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Friday, 05 December 2014 13:22


Next Generation of Television to Offer Expanded Audio Functionality for Wide Variety of Devices

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2014 – As part of the move to a next-generation TV standard, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today issued a Call for Proposals for a comprehensive audio system for the emerging ATSC 3.0 standard, offering a more immersive audio experience for living room and mobile viewers. Initial responses are due in January 2015.

The audio subsystem for ATSC 3.0 is expected to provide an enhanced feature set, improving upon the capabilities of the current broadcast digital television audio system. In doing so, this new system will provide the listener with both a personalized and an immersive experience, according to ATSC President Mark Richer.

"Personalization includes enhancement to the control of dialog, use of alternate audio tracks and mixing of assistive audio services, other-language dialog, special commentary, and music and effects. Plus, the system will support both the normalization of content loudness and contouring of dynamic range, based on the specific capabilities of a user’s fixed or mobile device and its unique sound environment," Richer explained.

ATSC 3.0 audio is expected to work with home theater AV systems, with television sets (both with and without "soundbar" audio systems), and also with personal audio systems such as tablets, smartphones and other handheld devices used both with and without headphones. The level of the immersive audio experience may vary depending on the platform in use.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:06
ATSC 3.0 Audio CfP

Emmy® Goes to ATSC for Controlling Loud Commercials

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:38


ATSC Recommended Practice for Digital TV Hailed for Improving Audio, Delighting Viewers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee’s (ATSC) collaborative effort to address wide variations in TV audio is winning recognition with a Primetime Emmy® Engineering Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

"We’re extremely proud that this cross-industry effort to address a nagging viewer concern has earned a coveted Emmy for the ATSC. Digital technology can be applied not only to enhance picture and sound, but also to deal effectively with the annoyance of commercials that sound louder than the programs they surround," said ATSC President Mark Richer. "Thanks to the leadership of Jim Starzynski of NBC Universal and the efforts of a volunteer group of industry audio experts, the ATSC’s approach to loudness normalization is now utilized by TV broadcasters and pay-TV operators alike."

The ATSC A/85 Recommended Practice (Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness for Digital Television) provides the industry with uniform operating strategies that optimize the audience listening experience by eliminating wide variation of television loudness.

Responding to consumer complaints about the relative loudness of TV commercials, Representative Anna Eshoo (California) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) introduced a bill to address the problem. Congress in late 2010 passed the Commercial Advertising Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act that required the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt the relevant portions of the A/85 Recommended Practice developed by ATSC to address the issue.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:07
Emmy for loudness control...

2015 ATSC Broadcast Television Conference Dates Announced

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:49

Save the Date! The 2015 ATSC Broadcast Television Conference is scheduled for May 13th and 14th, 2015, at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. We are excited to once again host our members, guests, and industry leaders in the nation’s capital.

More details will become available over the next few weeks. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 13:02

ATSC Broadcast Television Conference Peeks at Broadcasting’s Future

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:20


"Today, Tomorrow & Beyond" Event Highlights Evolving TV Standards, New Opportunities and Technologies Shaping TV Viewing

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2014 – As the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) convenes stakeholders in the television broadcast industry in the nation’s capital in early May, the ATSC’s "Today, Tomorrow & Beyond" Broadcast TV Conference will examine emerging standards designed to add flexibility, internet compatibility, 4K Ultra HD program content , and more robust signal transmission to the standard now deployed and used by more than 1,600 TV broadcasters throughout America.

Highlights of the event include a keynote address by Sen. Gordon Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, as well as a number of high-level panel discussions about the TV business and evolving transmission technologies. The conference will take place at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, May 8.

Experts on the various panels will examine new opportunities and challenges for TV broadcasters, offer a primer on new technologies that are shaping emerging TV standards, explain the benefits and market hurdles of new Ultra HD television sets, and showcase how TV broadcasting will adapt to meet consumer demands.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 07:33
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Advanced Television Systems Committee Honors James A. Kutzner with Bernard Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award at 2014 ATSC Broadcast TV Conference

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 20:38


Broadcast Industry Veteran Made His Mark in Public TV and Industry Collaboration

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today announced that James A. Kutzner is the 2014 recipient of the organization’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. The presentation was made today during the ATSC Broadcast Television Conference at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.

Kutzner retired earlier this year as Senior Director of Advanced Technology at PBS, where he managed engineering and technical projects within PBS. Kutzner is a past member of the ATSC Board and he chaired the ATSC Technology and Standards Group 3 on the development of the next-generation ATSC 3.0 standard. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.

The Lechner Award is bestowed once a year to an individual representative of the membership whose technical and leadership contributions to the ATSC have been invaluable and exemplary. The title of the award recognizes the first recipient, Bernard Lechner, for his outstanding services to the ATSC. The award winner is selected by the Board of Directors and presented at the ATSC’s spring meeting. Lechner passed away a few weeks ago after a long career in TV technology.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 June 2014 07:13
Kutzner Receives Lechner Award

Broadcast Television Conference Looks to Tomorrow with Special Session on Next-Generation Broadcast Standard

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 08:53


Registration now open for Advanced Television Systems Committee annual gathering and 'Boot Camp' primer on ATSC 3.0

WASHINGTON, D.C - Mar11, 2014 The evolution of television broadcasting -- to include Ultra High-Definition transmission, Internet compatibility, enhanced interactivity, on-demand options, improved audience measurement tools, new audio and video functions, and robust mobility with advanced codecs -- will be the subject of a special "boot camp" seminar presented by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) on Wednesday, May 7.

"The future of television broadcasting is bright, and standards being finalized this year will allow the current ATSC 1.0 system to evolve into ATSC 2.0, adding interactivity and Internet compatibility. Intensive work also is underway on the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard, which will take advantage of advanced video and audio coding techniques to bring even more services to viewers," said Mark Richer, ATSC President. "Our Washington meetings should be considered 'must-attend' events for station management, engineering teams and business development professionals who are focused on how the core TV broadcasting business is changing."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 07:34
ATSC Boot Camp
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