Approved last October, the new standards are expected to support the development of new IP-based interactive TV services, UHD content, personalised and emergency services, and delivery to a wider range of devices.
“The ATSC enters 2018 marking a major milestone in the development of the Next Gen TV platform with the release of the suite of ATSC 3.0 standards, enabling deployment of services and products. The world’s first internet Protocol-based broadcasting system is now a reality,” according to Mark Richer, ATSC president,
“ATSC 3 means leapfrogging innovations, from robust transmission to immersive audio, from 4K UHD to interactive services and more. This is a tremendous accomplishment that ATSC members and industry colleagues can be most proud of as we enter the next exciting phase for Next Gen TV.
“Going forward, I see the ATSC as an important information center for broadcasters and manufacturers preparing to launch services and products. That means exciting opportunities for ATSC members to get engaged in field testing, field trials and plug-fests this year. Also opportunities to contribute to important new areas like conformance and compliance, privacy and security, and so on.
“For our current members, I know you take special pride as I do in developing the world’s most impactful, flexible and extensible new broadcast standards. Your contributions will continue to be critically important we enter the all-important deployment phase, ushering in a new era of television. For those who have been watching our standards development work from the sidelines, now is the opportune time for service providers, chipmakers, MVPDs and others to get involved with the ATSC, too.”
South Korean broadcasters initiated ATSC 3.0 broadcast service focused on UHD TV last year and plan to transmit next month’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang using the new standard.