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04-23-2014 19:00 - 04:00
Seoul, Korea
ATSC S32-2/S32-3 Joint F2F

APR
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04-24-2014 13:00 - 15:00
Phone Bridge
ATSC Board Call

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04-24-2014 15:00 - 16:30
Phone Bridge
ATSC S13-2 Call

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04-24-2014 19:00 - 04:00
Seoul, Korea
ATSC S32-2/S32-3 Joint F2F

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04-25-2014 15:00 - 16:30
Phone Bridge
ATSC S6 Call

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04-28-2014 11:00 - 12:30
Phone Bridge
ATSC S33-1 Call

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Advanced Television Systems Committee

The 2013 Bernard J Lechner Award

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Written by Lindsay Shelton-Gross   
Friday, 10 May 2013 06:51

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2013 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today announced that Mark A. Aitken is the 2013 recipient of its highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. The presentation was made during the ATSC Annual Meeting at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center.

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 the ATSC. The award winner is selected by the Board of Directors and presented at the ATSC Annual Meeting.

"Mark has been a consistent advocate for the advancement of terrestrial broadcasting technology," said Mark Richer, ATSC President. "His passion for the future of our industry has made him a strong leader in ATSC activities including the development of our Mobile Digital TV Standard".

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 09:17
2013 Lechner Award
 

Advanced Television Systems Committee Updates CALM Act’s Television Loudness Recommended Practice

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Thursday, 04 April 2013 12:32

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2013 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has delivered an updated version of ATSC A/85, the core technology mandated by the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The 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.

"The ATSC has optimized A/85 based upon industry experience and feedback," said ATSC President Mark Richer. "We are fortunate to have industry experts from our member organizations participate in this important work, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with the FCC on the implementation of the CALM Act."

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 14:07
ATSC A/85 updated
 

Advanced Television Systems Committee Invites Proposals for Next-Generation TV Broadcasting Technologies

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Physical Layer Requirements Include Higher Capacity, Robust Performance, Improved Spectrum Efficiency for Future ATSC 3.0 Broadcast TV System

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today announced a call for proposals for the "physical layer" of this next-generation broadcast TV standard that in the years ahead could replace the current digital broadcasting systems used in the United States and around the world. The physical layer is the core transmission system that is the basis for any over-the-air broadcast system.

With members from the broadcasting, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite and semiconductor industries, ATSC is defining the future of television by developing and approving open technical standards. The next-generation ATSC 3.0 broadcast television standard must provide improvements in performance, functionality and efficiency that are significant enough to warrant the challenges of a transition to a new system.

"The ATSC was formed 30 years ago to create standards for advanced television, and the successful transition to digital television broadcasting using ATSC standards is serving the public well," said ATSC President Mark Richer. "Using the ATSC Digital Television standard adopted by the FCC in 1996, broadcasters led the way in the development and introduction of digital HDTV, a revolutionary advance in picture and sound quality from analog television. With the completion of the digital transition in 2009, 108 Megahertz of UHF spectrum is available to be auctioned by the FCC for new wireless broadband uses."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:41
ATSC 3.0 Call For Proposals
 

ATSC Hosts Audio Management Seminar

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Thursday, 31 January 2013 12:18

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Event to be held in conjunction with 2013 HPA Technology Retreat

WASHINGTON, January 31, 2013 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) will host a day-long seminar on audio technology on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in Indian Wells, Ca; in conjunction with the Hollywood Post Alliance’s annual Tech Retreat. The “2013 Audio Loudness Management Seminar at HPA” will be an opportunity for interested members of the media production and broadcasting communities to attend informative presentations on key elements of audio loudness control.

Presenters are audio professionals active in the industry and closely involved in ATSC work relating to broadcast audio. The program will embrace discussions of broadcast audio challenges in the real world, mix room monitoring, content creation, MVPDs, consumer experiences, measurement techniques and an overview of the current regulatory environment.

"The ATSC is pleased to participate in the HPA’s 2013 Tech Retreat," says Jerry Whitaker, ATSC Vice President of Standards Development. "This seminar will review the A/85 Recommended Practice on Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness for Digital Television, and discuss the key guidelines contained in the document. Developed with input from a wide range of experts, A/85 is an important tool for audio professionals."

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 January 2013 12:21
2013 HPA Tech Retreat
 

ATSC Mobile Digital TV Standard Enhanced for Emergency Alert System

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013 13:52

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Enhanced Alerts Can Add Rich Media Video, Audio, Maps and More To Mobile Digital TV Signals, Avoiding Cell Phone Congestion

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today announced approval and publication of specifications for a Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) delivered using the ATSC A/153 Mobile Digital TV standard. In the future, mobile emergency alerts delivered via TV broadcasts will make it possible for viewers to receive more than just text alerts when dangerous weather or other emergency conditions threaten public safety.

The 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. Mobile emergency alerting via mobile DTV requires no additional spectrum and is an additional use of existing TV transmitters and towers.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:25
M-EAS Approved
 

Reitmeier Elected ATSC Board Chairman

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Wednesday, 23 January 2013 14:39

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 – The Board of Directors of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has elected Glenn Reitmeier to serve as the Chairman of the ATSC Board for 2013.

Reitmeier is Senior Vice President of Advanced Technology at NBCUniversal, leading the company’s technical efforts related to industry standards, government policy, advanced engineering and anti-piracy technical operations.

Reitmeier is widely recognized as a pioneer of digital television. He spent 25 years in digital video research at Sarnoff Labs, where he led the development of one of the original digital HDTV system proposals. He played a leading role in the formation of the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance and the development of its best-of-the-best system that culminated in the ATSC Digital Television standard. Since joining NBC in 2002, Reitmeier was involved in the creation of NBC’s first high definition cable channel, Universal-HD, launching DTV multicast programming, the creation of mobile broadcasting and the Dyle joint venture, and the distribution of NBCUniversal content to new digital consumer devices.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 January 2013 07:53
New Board Chairman
 
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