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Recommended Practices
A/54A – Guide to the Use of the ATSC Digital Television Standard, with Corrigendum No. 1 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 December 2003 00:00

Note: This document was withdrawn on 11 January 2015.

Important Note:
Readers requiring this document should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 15:50
A/64B – Transmission Measurement and Compliance for Digital Television PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 May 2008 00:00

26 May 2008, Download PDF File
Reaffirmed 11 December 2014

This ATSC Recommended Practice describes methods for testing, monitoring, and measurement of the transmission subsystem intended for use in the digital television (DTV) system adopted as the U.S. Standard by the Federal Communications Commission. Both 8-VSB and 16-VSB are described in this document.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 13:08
A/69 – Program and System Information Protocol Implementation Guidelines for Broadcasters PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 June 2002 00:00

25 December 2009, Download PDF File

This document provides a set of guidelines for the use and implementation of the ATSC Program and System Information Protocol. The information contained herein applies to broadcasters, network operators, infrastructure manufacturers, and receiver manufacturers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2010 07:44
A/74 – Receiver Performance Guidelines PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 18 June 2004 00:00

7 April 2010, Download PDF File

This Recommended Practice addresses the front-end portion of a receiver of digital terrestrial television broadcasts. The recommended performance guidelines enumerated in this document are intended to assure that reliable reception will be achieved. Guidelines for interference rejection are based on the FCC planning factors that were used to analyze coverage and interference for the initial DTV channel allotments. Guidelines for sensitivity and multipath handling reflect field experience accumulated by testing undertaken by ATTC, MSTV, NAB, and receiver manufacturers.

Field ensembles described in Section 4.5.2 of the Recommended Practice are available by request. Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Send a USB drive of at least 60 GB capacity to:

Daro Bruno
Advanced Television Systems Committee
1776 K Street, N.W.
Ste. 800
Washington, D.C. 20006

Be certain to include a complete address for return of the USB drive.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:42
A/75 – Developing DTV Field Test Plans PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2001 00:00

26 July 2001, Download PDF File

This document presents the objectives of, and general methodology for conducting field tests of over-the-air terrestrial digital television (DTV) systems. The scope of the work includes reception, demodulation, and recovery of the transmitted data. The scope of the work herein is not concerned with the decoded data or analog signals except when these signals are used as a means to determine that the data has been correctly recovered.

Note: While this document provides considerable useful information, it has not been updated and may therefore not reflect current practices.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2010 15:39
A/78A – Transport Stream Verification PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 00:00

09 May 2007, Download PDF File

This Recommended Practice provides a common methodology for describing Transport Stream conformance criteria. This RP explicitly describes the elements and parameters of A/53 and A/65 that should be verified in an ATSC Transport Stream for it to be considered a proper emission. It does not cover RF, captioning, or elementary streams.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2010 15:40
A/79 – Conversion of ATSC Signals for Distribution to NTSC Viewers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 December 2008 00:00

12 December 2008, Download PDF File

This Recommended Practice provides guidance to broadcasters and other creators of ATSC high-definition (HD) or standard-definition (SD) content and to the operators of Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD) systems (such as cable or direct to home satellite). It recommends the equipment capabilities needed to provide the highest quality programming to viewers who only receive NTSC services.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2010 10:56
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