US proposes ATSC 3.0 as international digital broadcast standard

Already the standard in both the United States and South Korea, the US have proposed ITU global adoption of the ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast standard.

US proposes ATSC 3.0 as international digital broadcast standard
US proposes ATSC 3.0 as international digital broadcast standard

In a challenge of the DVB-T2 digital terrestrial television standard and others, the United States has proposed to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) adoption of the ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast standard globally.

By integrating broadcast and broadband services, ATSC 3.0 also can be part of a 5G transmission ecosystem for non-television data transmission services. It will provide an alternative to other digital terrestrial television standards including the European DVB-T2, Japanese/Brazilian ISDB-T, and Chinese DTMB platforms.

The US delegation proposed ATSC 3.0 to a Working Party of Study Group 6 of ITU’s Radiocommunications Sector, which develops and maintains worldwide recommendations, reports and handbooks on the broadcasting service. The US effort was actively supported by the South Korean government delegation with significant assistance from the Korean Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute.

Developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the ATSC 3.0 standard has been adopted in both the US and the Republic of Korea.

In offering the new standard as part of an existing recommendation for second-generation digital platforms, the US noted that the ATSC 3.0 standard is designed to deliver improvements in performance, functionality and efficiency so substantial to warrant implementation of a non-backwards-compatible system.

ATSC 3.0 standard

ATSC is an international, non-profit organization developing voluntary standards for digital television. The ATSC’s 150-plus member organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries.

ATSC 3.0 allows broadcasters to provide new services to viewers. It offers a flexible and more efficient physical layer, mobility, ultra-high definition and high dynamic range images, new solutions for immersive and personalized audio, an all IP-based transport system, hybrid broadcast/broadband services, advanced emergency advisories and incorporation of new user technologies such as interactivity.

The ATSC 3.0 suite of standards has been released, and the FCC has approved the voluntary implementation of Next Gen TV broadcasting using ATSC 3.0. A number of initial deployments are underway to explore system performance and new opportunities for broadcasters, manufacturers and viewers.

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Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. May 7, 2019.

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