Posted on March 5, 2020 in ATSC News
Professor Willy Azarcoya has made valuable contribution in the short time that he has been involved with ATSC 3.0. He began his career in the industry at Televisa in 1966 and has worked on analog black-and-white and color analog TV systems and digital (A/53) systems. Among other professional involvements, he currently teaches at the university level. He has also worked with Dr. Guillermo González Camarena, a pioneer of Mexican TV.
Dr. Azarcoya said he originally got involved with ATSC 3.0 in the emergency and security layer, working to ensure that earthquakes are an emergency worth taking seriously.
“In Mexico we are familiar with the immediate and aftereffects [of earthquakes],” Azarcoya said.
He said in Mexico they generally have one minute from when the earthquake is sensed by a seismograph, usually on the western coast, until the earthquake arrives in big cities such as Mexico City.
As a professor at a university which owns a digital ATSC 1.0 broadcast transmitter, Azarcoya said whenever he asks alumni if they usually watch the TV broadcast university signal, about 90 percent never do.
“With ATSC 3.0,” Azarcoya said, “I am convinced they will tune in through their smartphones or tablets.”
He has also written a book on ATSC 3.0 in Spanish. He began writing on ATSC 3.0 in 2017, but said it was too soon for people to understand it, having just finished the digital switch-off in 2016 in the Mexican Republic.
“People had just acquired their new TV sets,” Azarcoya said. “So, they did not grasp the transition to ATSC 3.0. But, I still think it’s the right track.”
When he’s not working, Azarcoya said he keeps busy teaching doing a variety of activities. Among these include research, taking astronomy courses, and, Azarcoya said, “most of all, enjoying my grandchildren.”
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