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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.

Registration Open For HPA Tech Retreat

HPA LogoTop industry engineering, technical and creative talent will gather in Indian Wells, Calif., Feb. 15-19, 2016, for the HPA Tech Retreat. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.

Highlights include:

  • ATSC Seminar: Content Creation and Distribution for ATSC 3.0
  • Practical Aspects of High Dynamic Range: Implementation and Development
  • The Tech Retreat Conference
  • Demos

More information is available online.

ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Achieves ‘Candidate Standard’ Status

The Advanced Television Systems Committee TG3 (Technology Group 3) has elevated the physical layer of the next-generation ATSC 3.0 television standard to Candidate Standard status.

The physical layer relates to the actual transmission component of the standards, including modulation, and will make it possible to begin field testing.

Mark Richer, ATSC president, called the vote “a major milestone” in a press release ATSC issued today.

At IBC 2015 earlier this month in Amsterdam, Rich Chernock, chief science officer of Triveni Digital and chair of TG3, said the physical layer is the portion of the standard needed by industry to begin seeking FCC rule changes to allow broadcasters to launch ATSC 3.0 service.

“The system will allow high-capacity, low-robustness modes and also lower-capacity, high-robustness modes in the same transmission,” said Richer in the release. “That flexibility means that we’re likely to see both 4K Ultra HD broadcasts running side-by-side with robust mobile broadcasts to handheld devices.”

ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer Out To Members For Candidate Standard Vote

Members of the Advanced Television Standards Committee have until the end of the month to vote on the outstanding pieces of the physical layer for the ATSC 3.0 standard, said Triveni Digital CSO Rich Chernock, who is also the chairman of ATSC’s Technical Group 3.

Members in May approved ATSC 3.0’s system discovery and signaling component, frequently called the “bootstrap,” as a candidate status.

During an interview at IBC 2015, Chernock said coming to agreement among the members of the technical working groups responsible for the physical layer was made easier by dividing the physical layer into functional blocks and that everyone involved seemed to have some intellectual property that is being proposed for the candidate standard.

Chernock expects the portions of the standard needed for the industry to make a formal request to the FCC to change its rules to allow ATSC 3.0 will be completed by the end of the year, he said.