This document describes the system discovery and signaling architecture for the ATSC 3.0 physical layer. Broadcasters anticipate providing multiple wireless-based services, in addition to conventional broadcast television in the future. Such services may be time-multiplexed together within a single RF channel. The bootstrap provides a universal entry point into a broadcast waveform. The bootstrap employs a fixed configuration (e.g., sampling rate, signal bandwidth, subcarrier spacing, time-domain structure) known to all receiver devices and carries information to enable processing and decoding the wireless service associated with a detected bootstrap. This capability ensures that broadcast spectrum can be adapted to carry new services and/or waveforms for public interest to continue to be served in the future.
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The Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc., is an international, non-profit organization developing voluntary standards and recommended practices for digital terrestrial broadcasting. ATSC member organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries. ATSC also develops digital terrestrial broadcasting implementation strategies and supports educational activities on ATSC standards.