Posted on December 7, 2015 in ATSC News
On the heels of approving the ATSC 3.0 transmission system Physical Layer Candidate Standard, TG3, the Technology Group responsible for next-generation broadcast standards, approved four more ATSC 3.0 Candidate Standards – for electronic service guides, second-screen services, and video and audio watermarks.
TG3 members also will be voting this month on ballots to elevate six additional subsystems, including video encoding, Internet Protocol transport and closed captioning to Candidate Standard status. A few remaining ATSC 3.0 subsystems, including audio, security and interactive capabilities, are expected to be balloted for TG3 voting as Candidate Standards in early 2016.
The 10 additional standards in the ATSC 3.0 suite of standards moving toward Candidate Standard status this month cap a milestone year in the development of next-gen television broadcasting. With these latest Candidate Standards, the lion’s share of the overall ATSC 3.0 standard will be in place, as planned, by year-end.
The four freshly-minted Candidate Standards are Companion Device, Service Announcement, Video Watermark and Audio Watermark:
The six subsystems beginning the Candidate Standard balloting process this month are: 1) Video Encoding, 2) Signaling, Delivery, Synchronization and Error Protection, 3) Captions and Subtitles, 4) Link Layer Protocol, 5) Service Usage Reporting, and 6) Audio/Video Watermark Payload:
Now that ATSC 3.0’s core technologies have been defined, broadcast and consumer equipment manufacturers can proceed with confidence in building prototype gear to test and demonstrate the capabilities of next-gen broadcast television next year.
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