Posted on December 7, 2015 in Press Releases
Four New Candidate Standards Approved; ATSC’s Technology Group Voting on Six Others
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2015 – Wrapping up a milestone year for next-generation televi-sion broadcasting, 10 more standards in the ATSC 3.0 suite of standards – including video encoding, Internet Protocol transport, electronic service guides and closed captioning – are moving toward “Candidate Standard” status this month, the Advanced Television Systems Committee announced today.
On the heels of approving the ATSC 3.0 transmission system “Physical Layer” Candidate Standard, the ATSC Technology Group responsible for next-generation broadcast standards has also just approved four subsystems – for electronic service guides, second-screen ser-vices, and video and audio watermarks – and elevated those items as ATSC 3.0 Candidate Standards. Technology Group members will be voting this month on ballots to elevate six other subsystems to Candidate Standard status.
“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,” said ATSC President Mark Richer. “Now that ATSC 3.0’s core technologies have been defined, broadcast and consumer equipment manu-facturers can proceed with confidence in building prototype gear to test and demonstrate the capabilities of next-gen broadcast television next year.”
The four freshly-minted Candidate Standards are Companion Device, Service Announce-ment, 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:
A few remaining ATSC 3.0 subsystems, including audio, security and interactive capabili-ties, are expected to be balloted for TG3 voting as Candidate Standards in early 2016.
About the ATSC: The Advanced Television Systems Committee is an international, non-profit organization developing voluntary standards for digital television. The ATSC member organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries. For more information visit The ATSC web site
Dave Arland, Arland Communications
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