Planning Team Reports summarize the findings of a Planning Team. Planning Team Reports typically describe an exploration of a given topic of relevance to the broadcasting industry, and may include use cases, commercial applications, a listing of existing technologies relevant to the topic, and in some cases, a recommendation for next steps within ATSC.
ATSC’s Planning Team 3 (PT-3) was charged with exploring options and making recommendations for broadcasters’ use of Internet-connected ATSC receivers. To date, PT-3 has examined all known bodies and proposals identified worldwide that are appropriate to its remit. Results of those examinations are detailed in this document, PT-3’s Final Report. Early in its work, PT-3 made a fundamental determination that its scope should be clearly limited to systems and services that leverage the Internet as an adjunct to broadcast television operations, which PT- 3 refers to as Internet-Enhanced TV. While the possible scope of application here is vast, it explicitly does not include “pure” Internet delivery of television content, with no direct association to broadcast services – often called “Over-the-Top” (OTT), and which PT-3 refers to as Internet TV.
ATSC’s Planning Team 2 (PT-2) was charged with exploring options for a next generation broadcast television (NGBT) system – called “ATSC 3.0” – including candidate technologies, potential services and likely timeframes, and without requirement for backward compatibility to current ATSC systems.
In August 2018, the ATSC Board of Directors created Planning Team 4 (PT-4) to consider the prospects and potential impact of Future Video Technologies. After several months of valuable discussions, the Board elected to expand the scope of PT-4 to encompass future technologies including video and beyond. This report summarizes the discussions and findings of PT-4 relating to video technologies.
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