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Station groups representing nearly 400 US TV broadcasters and a host of broadcasting equipment and service suppliers are releasing a planning guide for a transition to ATSC 3.0.

atsc 3.0The ATSC 3.0 standard defines IP broadcasts, and is claimed to enable local TV stations to more effectively warn viewers in emergencies and develop new services for an IP-based wireless broadcast network that extends from coast-to-coast.

This ATSC 3.0 Implementation and Planning Guide was developed to provide broadcasters with detailed ATSC 3.0 information for use by station management and broadcast engineers to move from ATSC 1.0 technology (approved nearly 20 years ago) and ATSC 3.0 (now under consideration at the Federal Communications Commission), while also planning for channel changes that could result from the FCC Spectrum Repack Program.

Organisations participating in the creation of the ATSC 3.0 Planning & Implementation include: American Tower; Dielectric; Ericsson; GatesAir; Harmonic; Hitach Kokusai Electric Comark; Meintel, Sgignoli, & Wallace; Pearl TV; Sinclair Broadcast Group; and Triveni Digital.

“ATSC 3.0 is rounding third base and heading into the home stretch,” said Anne Schelle, managing director of Pearl TV, whose membership represents more than 200 local broadcast stations. “It’s time for managers, engineers and planners at all levels to look ahead and get ready for the requirements. ATSC 3.0 is the ‘glue’ that will enable broadcast protocol to exist in an Internet environment, which means better pictures and sound, personalised and geo-targeted viewing, mobile viewing, more information about emergency alerts and the seamless integration of broadcasting programming with other Internet Protocol services.”

Broadcasters will also have the option to build Single Frequency Networks (SFNs), which can extend or improve existing coverage, particularly for indoor and mobile device reception.

“This guide was developed over the course of the last several months to help the industry prepare for a monumental update,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer of broadcast equipment supplier GatesAir. “With the approval of the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer as a finished standard a few weeks ago, work continues on the final ingredients that will comprise the multi-layer ATSC 3.0 technology. Our industry is finishing the standard now, but now is also the time to start planning.”

The Implementation and Transition Guide is available on the GatesAir website and will be a living document that will evolve as additional elements of the standard are completed.