Posted on May 18, 2020 in ATSC News
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a panel of broadcast stakeholders reported that they are proceeding to implement the U.S.’ voluntary “Next Gen TV” broadcast transmission system, while identifying what could be potential opportunities for local broadcasters to use the new services to support their communities during the crisis.
The remote panel discussion was held Thursday as part of “NAB Show Express,” a virtual event featuring some of the panels and content that had been planned for the 2020 NAB Show. The annual conference had been scheduled to take place last month in Las Vegas but was canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
The Internet Protocol-based Next Gen TV system is a voluntary upgrade from the country’s free, over-the-air HDTV broadcasting system (meaning this doesn’t affect cable, satellite or streaming services) that effectively helps to bridge broadcast and broadband. This includes the ability to receive an over-the-air TV signal on a cellphone or tablet without using a cellular service or a data plan.
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