Posted on October 1, 2015 in ATSC News
The “Physical Layer” transmission system for ATSC 3.0 next-generation television broadcasting has been elevated to “Candidate Standard” status. Voting on the ballot that closed Sept. 28, the TG3 Technology Group approved the A/322 Physical Layer Candidate Standard. That sets the stage for field testing in the months ahead leading to the Proposed Standard phase in 2016.
Over the course of months leading up to this vote, hundreds of volunteers have evaluated proposed technologies all with the mindset of selecting the best and most flexible transmission system as the foundation of ATSC 3.0 documented in the 223-page A/322 Candidate Standard. “This represents a major milestone, and we expect to see manufacturers developing prototypes that can test the more than a dozen interconnected core building-block elements of the Physical Layer,” said ATSC President Mark Richer.
Drafted by the S-32 physical layer specialists group capably chaired by Sony’s Luke Fay, the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer is intended to offer far more flexibility, robustness and spectrum efficiency than the “ATSC 1.0” standard, which was adopted two decades ago:
Work continues on the other parts of the suite of ATSC 3.0 standards. They include Video and Audio Compression, Closed Captioning, Advanced Emergency Alerting, Security, Companion Devices, Personalization, Applications & Interactivity, Watermarking and Fingerprinting, and Internet Protocol Delivery. All told, some 20 standards are expected to be part of ATSC 3.0.
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