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.
Much has been said of the current threats to broadcasting. There is pressure on RF spectrum worldwide and the amount of spectrum allocated to broadcast has been reduced in many countries. As well, data networks capable of delivering video and video-related services are deployed widely. However, broadcasting has many strengths, some of which are unique.
The purpose of this paper is to encourage an exploration of broadcasting strengths and of ways in which those strengths can be harnessed to advance the broadcast industry. In particular, this paper presents the case that the broadcast industry, building on its unique strengths, exploiting its new and advanced technologies, and advancing global convergence can counter threats and advance as an industry globally.
From there, the paper describes ATSC 3.0. This is done to provide a starting point for discussions on convergence. One of the newest technologies in the broadcasting space, it has many features that can provide a basis and opportunity for beneficial convergence.
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