The US Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has issued a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for Broadcast Core Network technologies to enhance the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard.
The project has been fast-tracked, meaning the ATSC is seeking initial responses by December 31, 2021.
“ATSC members are the stewards of the ATSC 3.0 Platform, evolving and expanding the system’s capabilities over time. This new development will move the technology forward and unlock innovative business scenarios for the broadcast ecosystem,” said ATSC President Madeleine Noland.
ATSC is in the process of specifying Standards for a Broadcast Core Network. It wants the new Broadcast Core Network technologies to be a part of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast system architecture. The aim is to run an interconnect between broadcast towers to form one or more service networks, enabling new business opportunities that require efficient regional or national data delivery options.
Sourcing content from multiple data networks, a Broadcast Core Network holds can potentially broaden the range of addressable use cases beyond those defined for linear channel delivery and extend the utility of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast facilities to untapped market areas, such as Broadcast (Virtual) Network Operator (BNO, BVNO), Regional or National Datacasting, enhanced Interactivity, and Data/Content Offload.