FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2012 – As lawmakers joined industry stakeholders on Capitol Hill today to celebrate the commercial launch of mobile television service, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) applauded the efforts of broadcasters and technology companies in implementing the ATSC A/153 Mobile Digital TV Standard.
Less than three years since adoption of the ATSC A/153 standard, more than 130 stations are now on the air with mobile TV in 50 U.S. markets. “TV stations throughout the nation are bringing compelling live, local TV to viewers on the go, thanks to A/153’s flexibility and robust signal. The ATSC is proud of our role in setting the standard for mobile TV,” said ATSC President Mark Richer.
Mobile TV continues to be a primary focus for the ATSC’s standards work. Richer said next-generation mobile TV will be a key element of the long-term ATSC 3.0 standard, which is expected to be defined in 2013-14.
In the near-term, an emerging ATSC mobile TV standard will make it possible for viewers to receive more than just text alerts when dangerous weather or other emergency conditions threaten public safety. The Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) enhancements to the A/153 standard will provide capabilities for delivering multimedia alerts (utilizing video, audio, text, and graphics) to mobile DTV-equipped cellphones, tablets, laptops, netbooks and in-car navigation systems.
The ATSC standard for mobile emergency alerts is expected to be completed in early 2013. M-EAS requires no additional spectrum and is an additional use of existing TV transmitters and towers. The changes will not affect the performance of current generation mobile DTV or fixed ATSC receivers.
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About the ATSC: The Advanced Television Systems Committee is an international, non-profit organization developing voluntary standards for digital television. The ATSC member organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries. For more information visit www.atsc.org
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