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The US television industry has almost unanimously welcomed the decision by the country’s regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to endorse the new ATSC 3.0 next-generation television broadcast standard.

atsc 3.0 19 may 2017ATSC 3.0 is said to be the world’s first TV broadcast system based on an Internet Protocol backbone, offering compatibility with Internet-delivered content and services. It is designed to enhance greatly the capabilities of broadcast television to deliver enhanced content — including Ultra HD TV and superior reception for viewers — and personalised services such as user-tailored on-screen guides with recommendations and on-screen search of video-on-demand (VOD), streaming services and over-the-air TV. It can also offer custom home screens based on viewer preferences.

In its ruling, the FCC said that it was adopting new rules to let broadcasters use the next-generation broadcast television transmission standard on a voluntary, market-driven basis. The upgraded technology will merge the capabilities of over-the-air broadcasting with the broadband viewing and information delivery methods of the Internet using the same 6MHz channels presently allocated for digital television.

“The development of the revolutionary new next gen TV platform is more than five years in the making, and the hundreds of individuals and companies working on the ATSC 3.0 standard are gratified that the FCC has approved the standard for deployment,” said ATSC president Mark Richer commenting on the move. “ATSC 3.0 is already being deployed in South Korea, and we anticipate that it will be utilised to help terrestrial broadcasters continue to innovate in the US and around the world. While it would be easy to look at today’s FCC action as the end of the road, the reality is that this is just the beginning. We expect to put the finishing touches on the remaining components of ATSC 3.0 this year, and we look forward to working with the many broadcasters and manufacturers who will work together on the next phase of implementation and deployment.”