WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2018 – The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) and the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) are partnering with the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) to help educate the industry on the implementation and benefits of Next Gen TV powered by the new ATSC 3.0 standard. 

SBE and ATSC announced the development of a new SBE ATSC 3.0 Specialist certification at the 2018 ATSC Next Gen TV Conference in Washington, DC, May 23. The new certification will benchmark an individual’s ATSC 3.0 standards proficiency. Now, together with BTS, SBE and ATSC are announcing new opportunities for industry professionals to prepare for ATSC 3.0 certification.

BTS will be hosting ATSC 3.0 training classes to be taught by expert Gary Sgrignoli of Meintel, Sgrignoli, and Wallace, the noted digital TV transmission consulting firm.  The ATSC 3.0 courses will be hosted at sites throughout the United States.  This one-day course will cover the ATSC 3.0 transmission subsystem and prepare participants to take the ATSC 3.0 certification exam.  Course dates, locations and registration can be found on the Broadcast Technology Society website.

SBE will begin a multi-part ATSC 3.0 webinar series this month.  Module One, “Introduction to ATSC 3.0,” will be held Sept. 12, presented by ATSC Technology Group 3 chair, Madeleine Noland, Senior Advisor, Technology and Standards, at LG Electronics.   Module Two, “Overview of the Physical Layer,” will be held on Oct. 17, presented by Luke Fay, Senior Manager Technical Standards, Sony Electronics. SBE will present additional ATSC 3.0 webinar modules throughout 2019. For dates and registration visit the SBE website.

SBE has identified that the Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) certification will be a recommended prerequisite for the ATSC 3.0 specialist certification. SBE stands ready to assist students to complete this step while they take part in ATSC 3.0 educational training.

ATSC 3.0 represents the future of broadcast television. The next-gen broadcast TV system allows broadcasters to provide new services to viewers. ATSC 3.0 provides a flexible and more efficient physical layer, mobility, ultra-high definition and high dynamic range images, new solutions for immersive and personalized audio, an all IP-based transport system, hybrid broadcast/broadband services, advanced emergency advisories and incorporation of new user technologies such as interactivity.

The ATSC 3.0 suite of standards has been released, and the FCC has approved the voluntary implementation of Next Gen TV broadcasting using ATSC 3.0. A number of initial deployments are underway to explore system performance and new opportunities for broadcasters, manufacturers and viewers.

About ATSC

The Advanced Television Systems Committee is defining the future of television with the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard.   ATSC is an international, non-profit organization developing voluntary standards for digital television. The ATSC’s 140-plus member organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries.

About BTS

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society is a technical society and council dedicated toward advancing Broadcast electrical and electronic engineering by maintaining scientific and technical standards, as well as educating its members through various meetings, presentations, events, conferences, and training programs.

About SBE

The Society of Broadcast Engineers is the professional organization of television and radio engineers and those in related fields. The SBE has more than 5,000 members in 114 chapters across the United States and in Hong Kong. SBE offers the preeminent technical broadcast certification program in the U.S. and an expansive list of educational programs for broadcast engineers, operators, technicians, and broadcast IT professionals.