Posted on July 6, 2020 in ATSC News
To meet or not to meet? That is the question. As of this writing, it remains clear that conducting meetings virtually is best for now. The remaining ATSC technical meetings in 2020 will be virtual, and we are reimagining the 2020 ATSC Next Gen Broadcast Conference.
Our popular annual conference, originally scheduled for May in Washington, was optimistically postponed to August, with a plan to monitor the situation. Now, based on current events and following the sage lead of many other conference organizers, ATSC has decided to pivot one more time.
In lieu of the face-to-face conference this year, ATSC now plans to produce Next Gen Broadcast Conference programming in conjunction with the NAB’s virtual fall event, perfectly timed to leverage the second-half momentum for ATSC 3.0 deployments. We look forward to working closely with organizers of the NAB event to bring you the best of the Next Gen Broadcast Conference, complementing the great programming that NAB is assembling. Details on the dates and program sessions are in development.
In the meantime, be sure to view all the great content from this spring’s NAB Show Express while it’s still available. Find all the ATSC 3.0-related sessions on the Resources link of the ATSC 3.0 Spotlight page of our website – including the recently-posted links to the 2020 NAB Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference. And SAVE THE DATE! The 2021 ATSC Next Gen Broadcast Conference is now scheduled to be held in Washington on May 12-13, 2021.
Although working remotely, ATSC continues to aggressively pursue our dual track of supporting the rollout of ATSC 3.0 and planning for the future. We are receiving real-world feedback from the field as implementers work with the standard, and the Technology Group is responding with clarifications and updates to the technical documents to foster a smooth launch in the United States.
In parallel, the ATSC 3.0 Conformance Implementation Team is already preparing for 2021 features while the planning teams for Future Broadcast Ecosystem Technologies (PT4) and for Core Network Technologies for Broadcast (PT8) have their eyes on exciting new developments that might have a big impact on the broadcast ecosystem in the future. And that’s not the full list. See all the ATSC groups and activities at https://www.atsc.org/subcommittees/.
While it is certainly not “business as usual” these days, it is nonetheless “full steam ahead.” Follow the commercial rollout of ATSC 3.0 on the ATSC website, which highlights recent market launches in Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Nashville, to name a few. Get involved – and take advantage of opportunities to stay engaged – in our standards activities and planning teams. Be on the lookout for more announcements about this fall’s virtual Next Gen Broadcast Conference. And be well.
Madeleine Noland, ATSC President
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