Who can be an ATSC Voting Member?

  • Any corporation or other business entity having a commercial interest directly and materially affected by standards development of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc.
  • Any nonprofit organization whose members or activities are directly affected by the work of the ATSC.
  • Government entities whose participation would be focused on technical standards.
  • If distinct divisions of an organization can demonstrate independent interests and authority to make independent decisions in the various areas of activity of ATSC, then each may apply for membership.
  • Members must have the qualifications to participate actively in the work of ATSC and the willingness to bear an appropriate share of the expenses of the organization.

 Who can be an ATSC Observer?

Any individual, or any entity not eligible for membership in the Voting Class, who has an interest in the activities of ATSC and is willing to bear its appropriate share of the expenses of the Corporation may be accorded a membership in the Observer Class.

 What are the Benefits of Membership?

Impact on Standards that Affect the DTV Industry

  • Involvement in the Digital TV Standards development at several levels: Specialist Group, to Technology and Standards Group, to Full Committee.
  • Involvement in Planning Teams to determine new areas needing standards.
  • Develop and provide information on the implementation of ATSC Standards and Recommended Practices.
  • Voting on the proposed Standards and Recommended Practices.
  • Participate in drafting stage in the Technical Group level and on the draft Standard in Full Committee.
  • Coordinate/harmonize with other standards-setting bodies in the U.S. and around the world.

Access to Information on Standards Development

  • Access to the flow of information through the use of ATSC email reflectors and the ATSC Enterprise, the “members only” website.
  • Participate in the technical meetings.
  • Monitor actions in the United States and around the world that can impact the ATSC work.
  • Information sharing with other standards-setting bodies through the ATSC’s monthly newsletter The Standard.

 Marketing and Networking Opportunities

  • Affiliation with ATSC and its members.
  • Participation/sponsorships in popular seminars on Digital TV standards and technology.
  • Opportunities to sponsor ATSC demonstrations and events.
  • Signage/Logo denoting ATSC membership for display on websites, marketing material and in exhibit booths.
  • Networking with Digital TV industry experts.

What are the ATSC Membership Dues?

There are five categories of ATSC Membership Dues, each based on an organization’s annual revenue. Dues are invoiced annually, and if a member joins mid-year then the dues are pro-rated quarterly. For more details, see the ATSC Dues Policy. The table below represents the current dues structure.

Annual Gross Revenue Annual Member Dues Annual Observer Dues


Colleges and Universities

Less than $10 million US

$10 million – $100 million US

$100 million – $1 billion US

More than 1 billion US













Applying online is easy, but if you prefer you can download the application form and return it to the ATSC office via fax +1 202-872-9161 or email it to or mail to ATSC, 1776 K Street NW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20006.

Once an application is received, the current ATSC Board of Directors is notified and has 5 days to respond with comments and/or objections to the application. If no objections are made, the organization will be notified, invoiced for their appropriate dues payment, and begin to reap the benefits of membership.