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ATSC 3.0 Honored By InteractiveTV Today

InteractiveTV Today (itvt) has honored ATSC 3.0 as the “Most Significant New Technology” at the 11th Annual TV of Tomorrow Show, the Advanced Television System Committee announced today.

The award recognizes the industry’s “most innovative and disruptive technology, platform or product,” ATSC said in a press release.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by innovators in interactive television, a community that is beginning to recognize what’s possible with the emerging ATSC 3.0,” Mark Richer, ATSC president, said.

More information is available on the ATSC website.


Details Of ATSC 3.0 NAB Show Pavilion Emerge

The Advanced Television Systems Committee will showcase the capabilities of ATSC 3.0, the next generation TV standard, at the 2017 NAB Show in a special pavilion, ATSC announced today.

The ATSC 3.0 Pavilion located in the Futures Park in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center will present about a dozen companies with IP-based systems to deliver: UHD TV with HDR, interactive features and multi-channel immersive audio, it said.

The pavilion will also present more detailed information on the 3.0 technologies highlighted in the Grand Lobby’s “NextGen TV Hub: Powered by ATSC 3.0.”

Some 3.0 pavilion highlights include:

  • BBC Research and Development: Showing HLG HDR;
  • Dolby: AC4 encoding and decoding;
  • DTV Innovations: 3.0-compliant implementation of A/331 signaling, A/332 service announcement and parts of the A/324 broadcast gateway/scheduler candidate standard;
  • DekTek: 3.0 test modulators and demodulators;
  • ENESYS and UniSoft: A 3.0 scheduler/broadcast gateway called ATSCheduler; IPGuard and 3.0 modulator forming its Test Tree Business Unit;
  • Ericsson with Sony and Triveni Digital: targeted ad solution based on MediaFirst Video Processing;
  • Eurofins Digital Testing: Automated test tools for end-to-end conformance testing;
  • Harmonic: Electra X encoder handling 1080p60 with HDR and UHD channels;
  • The National Engineering Research Center: An interactive system that includes an ATSC 3.0 broadcast downlink and DRC uplink developed by NERC-DTV and SJTU.

Pre-Registration Opens For ATSC Annual Conference

The Advanced Television Systems Committee has announced pre-registration is open for its ATSC 2017 Next Gen TV Conference, May 16-17, in Washington, D.C.

This will be the first annual conference during which most of the next-gen TV standard will likely be finished.

The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building.

To pre-register, visit the ATSC website.

FCC’s Next-Gen TV Rulemaking Notice Draws Praise

The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to authorize next-generation television released today is garnering favorable reaction from both the Advanced Television Systems Committee and a coalition of major broadcast groups that has worked to advance the ATSC 3.0 standard.

A statement released this morning by ATSC President Mark Richer calls the NPRM “another important step forward for next gen TV.”

“We’ll look forward to seeing how various stakeholders respond to the Commission’s notice, and we’re hopeful that the NPRM process will be completed in a timely manner,” Richer said.

Anne Schelle, managing director of Pearl TV, a coalition of large TV groups that together operate more than 220 TV stations, echoes Richer’s sentiment.

“As broadcasters focused on the development and deployment of new technology, Pearl is pleased that the FCC is poised to launch a rulemaking that would allow the voluntary adoption of next generation TV,” Schelle said.

ATSC Board Chooses Fox’s Richard Friedel As Chairman

Richard Friedel, EVP and GM of Fox Networks Engineering and Operations, has been elected to a second, consecutive one-year term as board chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the ATSC board announced today.

Friedel, a SMPTE fellow, also serves as president of the North American Broadcasters Association.

More information is available on the ATSC website.



ATSC Names 2017 Additions To Board

The Advanced Television Systems Committee today announced its 2017 class of board members.

The new board members, who will serve three-year terms, are:

  • Paul Hearty, VP, technology standards office, Sony
  • Jong Kim, SVP, LG Electronics and president, Zenith R&D Labs
  • Peter Sockett, director of engineering and operations, Capitol Broadcasting

Yiyan Wu of the Communications Research Centre, has been appointed to the 2017 board by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, ATSC said.

Existing ATSC board members who will continue to serve, include:

  • Lynn Claudy, NAB
  • Richard Friedel, Fox
  • Christopher Homer, PBS
  • Brett Jenkins, Media General
  • Howard Lukk, SMPTE
  • Brian Markwalter, CTA
  • Glenn Reitmeier, NBCU
  • Anne Schelle, Pearl TV
  • Andy Scott, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association
  • Dave Siegler, Cox Media Group
  • Craig Todd, Dolby Labs

More information is available on the ATSC website.


ATSC Ratifies Three More ATSC 3 Standards Suite Components

ATSC 3.0Three more standards making up the ATSC 3.0 suite of next-gen TV standards — one that links the physical layer to the network layer and one each pertaining to audio and video watermarking — have been ratified, the Advanced Television Systems Committee said today.

Separately, three new Proposed Standards and two Candidate standards are advancing through the technical subcommittee responsible for the overall standard, ATSC said.

The three newly approved ATSC 3.0 standards are:

  • A/330 — The Link Layer Protocol Standard, which defines the layer between the physical layer and the network layer. The link layer transports the data from the network layer to the physical layer at the sending side and transports the data from the physical layer to the network layer at the receiving side.
  • A/334 — The Audio Watermark Emission Standard, which specifies the audio watermark encoding to be used.
  • A/335 — The Video Watermark Emission Standard, which lays out the emission format for the video watermark.

“The three new standards join two others (the A/322 Physical Layer and A/321 System Discovery and Signaling standards) already approved by ATSC members,” said ATSC President Mark Richer.

Voting among members of the ATSC Technology Group 3 (TG3) has begun to elevate three ATSC Candidate Standards to Proposed Standard status. They include: A/322 Service Announcement, A/333 Service Usage Reporting and A/343 Captions and Subtitles.

According to Richer, “other parts of ATSC 3.0 are rapidly moving through the standardization process.” When complete the ATSC 3.0 suite of standards will consist of about 20 separate standards.

More information is available on the ATSC website.

ATSC Names Madeleine Noland 2016 Lechner Honoree

ATSC logoThe Advanced Television Systems Committee today presented Madeleine Noland, LG Electronics senior director of standards and technology, with its Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award during the 2016 ATSC Broadcast Television Conference in Washington, D.C.

The award, the highest technical honor presented by ATSC, is presented to a recipient chosen by the ATSC board of directors.

“Madeleine is a natural leader with remarkable management skills. She uses these skills to forge agreements on challenging technical issues within the collaborative standards development process,” said ATSC President Mark Richer. “Her outstanding leadership in the development of ATSC 3.0 is a key factor in the rapid advancement of the next-generation broadcast standard.”

Noland serves as chairman of the Specialists Group on Applications and Presentation (TG3/S34) for ATSC 3.0. The specialists group is devoted to the new standard’s user experience, as well as support for video and audio codecs, linear TV services, interactive applications and accessibility including closed captioning.

She also serves as vice chair of the S31 Specialist Group.

The award is named for the late Bernard Lechner, the first to receive the honor for is outstanding service to ATSC.

More information is available on the ATSC website.


ATSC Tech Group Elevates A/342 To Candidate Standard Status

ATSC 3.0The ATSC TG3 Technology Group voted May 2 to elevate the A/342 audio standard — both AC-4 and MPEG-H AA audio — to ATSC 3.0 Candidate Standard status, an ATSC spokesman confirmed today.

In February an informal acknowledgement that both Dolby’s AC-4 and MPEG-H would be approved for ATSC 3.0 and that individual countries or regions would be allowed to select which to use was made during a presentation at the HPA Retreat.

At the 2016 NAB Show last month, Fraunhofer, one of the leading proponents of MPEG-H immersive and personalized audio, confirmed that AC-4 would be used in the United States and MPEG-H would be on-air as part of South Korea’s implementation of ATSC 3.0.

The Advanced Television Systems Committee also said TG3 members are in the process of voting to elevate the A/322 Physical Layer to Candidate Standard status. The ballot closes May 6.

The A/321 Bootstrap system discovery and signaling part of the physical layer already was approved by the ATSC member as a final standard on March 23.

Details Emerge On Annual ATSC TV Conference

ATSC 3.0The Advanced Television Systems Committee, will hold its annual ATSC Broadcast Television Conference May 10-11 in Washington, the group announced today.

The first day of the program will be a full-day session devoted to presentations by technical experts, and the second day will focus on policy and other issues involved with transitioning to the next-generation television standard.

Some of the technical issues to be addressed include the different layers of the standard, including the physical layer transmission system and the bootstrap system discovery and signaling component; recent ATSC 3.0 PlugFests in China and the United States; the upper layers of the standard; and how interactivity is handled.

Some of the highlights planned for May 11 include remarks from FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, a keynote presentation about “Broadcasting in an IP World,” a spectrum repack panel and a look at the petition seeking FCC authorization for 3.0.

The conference will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Registration for the conference is available here.