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Advanced Television Systems Committee

ATSC Establishes Candidate Standard For Interactive TV

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Monday, 02 December 2013 14:45


Progress on A/105 Underscores Momentum Behind ATSC 2.0

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 2, 2013 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has elevated the A/105 "Interactive Services" system to Candidate Standard. A key element of the emerging ATSC 2.0 standard, A/105 is designed to enable the marriage of Internet-delivered and broadcast content. "Candidate Standard" status is a major step toward becoming a "Proposed Standard," and then on to consideration as a full-fledged ATSC Standard.

"Viewers are consuming television content on a variety of devices -- whenever, wherever and however they want it," said ATSC President Mark Richer. "Consumer demand for video has resulted in an increasing number of paths to deliver content to viewers. The ATSC 2.0 Interactive Services system allows the broadcaster to connect broadcast programming with additional services related to that programming."

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 14:51
Interactive TV Standard

ATSC Implementation Guide For The Mobile Emergency Alert System Provides Roadmap For TV Broadcasters Launching Service

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 09:40


Enhanced Service Can Deliver Video, Audio, Graphics, and Text to Mobile EAS-equipped Device

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2013 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today published a new "Implementation Guide" as a valuable resource for TV stations preparing to deploy enhanced mobile emergency alert capability The new handbook, developed by the ATSC M-EAS Implementation Team, provides a roadmap for stations broadcasting mobile digital TV to upgrade their public service capability, with step-by-step instructions on how to both update broadcast equipment and demonstrate the new functionality to local emergency management agencies.

Using the existing network of broadcast TV stations, Mobile Emergency Alert System (Mobile EAS) uses Mobile Digital TV to reach viewers with video, text, by sound, and with informative maps, graphics, and instructions.

The new ATSC implementation guide is available on the ATSC.org website.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:22
M-EAS Guide

Michael Dolan Named Chairman of ATSC TG1 Technology & Standards Group

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 17:09


WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2013 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today announced that long-time industry expert Michael Dolan has been named Chairman of the association’s Technology and Standards Group 1 (TG1) effective in January. Dolan assumes the role on Jan. 1, replacing Dr. Richard Chernock, Chief Science Officer of Triveni Digital, whose three-year term as TG1 Chairman expires at year-end.

Dolan, currently an industry consultant sponsored by The Nielsen Company, is founder and president of the Television Broadcast Technology consulting group, providing specialized professional encoders, test tools, and technical consulting in the field of digital television and Internet media. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1979 and has worked for and founded a number of leading-edge computer graphics and real-time systems companies since then, including early foundational work in W3C technology and analog data broadcasting.

"TG1 is one of two ATSC technology groups working on enhancements and new standards for broadcast television, with TG1 focused on improvements to the existing standard that we call ATSC 2.0. Those improvements include non-real-time program caching, enhanced service guides, audience measurement, and conditional access for TV broadcasts. These elements are fundamental stepping stones to the next-generation ATSC 3.0 Standard, so the work of TG1 is critical to our mission. We look forward to Mike’s leadership and we thank Rich Chernock for his leadership of this important standards group working on the evolution of broadcast TV standards," said ATSC President Mark Richer.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 11:36
Dolan Named Chairman of TG1

ATSC Receives 10 Initial Physical Layer Proposals for Next-Generation TV Broadcasting Technologies

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013 08:23


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

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2013 – The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has received 10 initial proposals from 19 organizations for the Physical Layer of the new “ATSC 3.0” broadcast television standard. With higher capacity to deliver Ultra High-Definition services, robust reception on mobile devices and improved efficiency, the new ATSC 3.0 standard is expected to redefine TV broadcasting for decades to come.

The strong response to ATSC’s call for proposals, issued on March 27, reflects a high level of enthusiasm in the industry for defining the modulation and error coding technologies in the transmission system that will provide a foundation for the next-generation terrestrial broadcast standard, according to ATSC President Mark Richer.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 09:13
ATSC 3.0 Call for Proposals

ATSC Evaluating Detailed ‘Physical Layer’ Technical Proposals for Next-Generation ATSC 3.0 TV Transmission System

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Wednesday, 02 October 2013 12:51


Proposed Systems to be Evaluated on Providing Higher Capacity, Robust TV Transmission Performance, Improved Efficiency

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2013 –Representing a major milestone in the development of the next-generation broadcast standard, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has received detailed technical proposals for the Physical Layer of the "ATSC 3.0" broadcast TV transmission standard.

Expected to move to "candidate standard" status over the next two years, ATSC 3.0 will be designed to include higher capacity to deliver Ultra High-Definition TV services, robust reception on mobile devices and improved spectrum efficiency.

"These highly technical proposals are thoughtful, innovative and professional. While a wide range of technologies were proposed by respondents, there’s some commonality among many of them. Submissions are very detailed, and generally each of the submissions is hundreds of pages in length. They reflect the thinking of the best minds in the broadcast industry, and we salute the many engineers and business people who have already invested significant resources to develop technologies for ATSC to evaluate," said ATSC President Mark Richer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:11
ATSC 3.0 Proposed Systems Evaluation

ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Call for Proposals

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 11:13

On 26 March 2013 the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) announced a Call for Proposals for the "physical layer" of the 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 focus of the Call for Proposals is on the ATSC 3.0 physical layer technologies to define the modulation and error coding technologies that will provide a foundation for the next terrestrial broadcast system.

Robustness of service for devices operating within the ATSC 3.0 service area should exceed that of current ATSC systems and that of cell phone and other wireless devices. Consideration will be given to technologies and proposals that enable a smooth transition from existing systems for both broadcasters and consumer.

The overall ATSC 3.0 project, starting with the physical layer proposals, will include an assessment of technical requirements, investigation of possible solutions, and development of the middle and upper layers to provide a complete technical standard for broadcast. Wherever practical, the new ATSC 3.0 standard will use and reference existing standards that are found to be effective and successful solutions to meet the requirements.

The CFP can be downloaded here.

The CFP specifies that the initial submission must be made by 23 August 2013. For this deadline, an electronic submission is sufficient, with the printed documents arriving at the ATSC offices no later than close of business on 27 September 2013.

The CFP requires agreement to certain compliance statements. A form for the Statements of Compliance can be downloaded here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 13:06
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