2019 #NABShow: ATSC 3.0 Deploying Worldwide

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) have produced over 1,000 pages of documentation comprising roughly 20 standards of the major version of ATSC 3.0. As we know, the first deployments of ATSC 3.0 occurred in South Korea (May 2017) in preparation of the 2018 Winter Olympics.  Here, in the States, the Federal Communications C omission approved regulations allowing for broadcast stations to voluntarily offer ATSC 3.0 services calling it Next GenTV.

The technical details of ATSC 3.0 for video alone supports three different video formats which are: Legacy SD Video supporting resolutions up to 720×480 as well as High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). Interlaced HD Video supporting 1080-line interlaced video with 1920 or 1140 pixels per line and HEVC. Progressive Video  supporting up to 3840×2160 progressive scan, HVEC, and frame rates up to 120fps and the REC. 2020 color space, HDR using Hybrid Log-Gamma and Perceptual Quantizer.

The 2019 #NABShow will be featuring Ride the Road to ATSC 3.0: With deployments rolling out around the world, the advanced broadcast + broadband capabilities of ATSC 3.0 are catching the attention of broadcast equipment suppliers, broadcasters, and consumer device manufacturers. ATSC 3.0 will be in dozens of locations throughout the 2019 NAB Show, including a ATSC Showcase Stage and in Futures Park inside North Hall. Come learn how expansive data capacity, single frequency network functionality, and the ability to mix over-the-top with over-the-air content can open new avenues for broadcasters to reach viewers wherever they go. Provided below are (some of the many) highlighted sessions:

Update fro the Road to ATSC 3.0. Saturday, April 6 | 11:00 am11:25 am | N262/N264. Summary: Where are we with ATSC 3.0? ATSC’s Technology Group 3 (TG3) Chair Madeleine Noland reveals the early results and tells us the real facts.

ATSC 3.0 In-band Distribution Link for SFN and Gap-Filler Using Layered Division Multiplexing with Full Backward Compatibility for Next Genteration Digital TV Service. Saturday, April 6 | 1:30 pm2:50 pm | N260 – B. Summary: The proposed paper presents an alternative approach for providing ATSC 3.0 Studio-to-Transmitter Link (STL) data delivery for SFN and Gap-Filler operation – using In-Band Backhaul to carry STL data over the air in the 6 MHz broadcast channel. The method uses LDM transmission to carry STL data alongside broadcast data intended for reception by the public. The system is fully compatible with the Next Gen TV service, causing no degradation of consumer reception. The scheme can reduce broadcasters’ operating costs while improving service quality – especially for handheld and indoor reception environments – by avoiding the limitations of on-channel repeaters and permitting deployments of small SFN transmitters and gap-fillers in locations that otherwise could not be reached economically. 

Requirements and Workflow for Creating a secure ATSC 3.0 Broadcast. Saturday, April 6 | 1:30 pm2:50 pm | N260 – D. Summary: The next generation ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard allows for many new exciting capabilities and enhanced business models for television broadcast stations to explore. Continuing to provide consumers with a trusted source of content from a local television broadcast is of the utmost importance.

ATSC 3.0 Interactive AEA Enhancement Toolkit. Saturday, April 6 | 3:20 pm4:40 pm | N260 – B. Summary: The ATSC 3.0 suite of standards provides the ability to transmit additional helpful information while an emergency is in progress. The Advanced Emergency Alerting (AEA) functionality enabled by the ATSC 3.0 standard allows enhancement content to be provided to viewers during the emergency event.

Practical Implementation and Launch Profiles for ATSC 3.0. Sunday, April 7 | 10:40 am11:00 am | N256. Summary: The focus of the proposed Pearl presentation will be to discuss what has been learned so far at Phoenix Model Market Station about the issues associated with clearing spectrum for a broadcaster-supported transition to ATSC-3.

Networking for ATSC 3.0  Sunday, April 7 | 1:30 pm1:50 pm | N256. Summary: ATSC 3.0 promises to revolutionize the television broadcast industry with integration of traditional over-the-air (OTA) signals and broadband delivered IP content. Improved video codecs will deliver higher bandwidth content such as 4K UHD over the current MPEG-2 based ATSC 1.0 standard.

Practical Aspects of ATSC 3.0 Interactive Content Deployment. Sunday, April 7 | 1:50 pm2:10 pm | N256. Summary: The ATSC 3.0 suite of standards includes the A/344 standard on interactive content. This standard describes a W3C-compliant environment along with a set of receiver APIs that broadcasters can use to customize the consumer’s viewing experience.

Transitioning Television Markets to Next GenTV is a Team Sport. Sunday, April 7 | 3:20 pm3:40 pm | N256. Summary: NAB has been engaged with broadcasters to create an ATSC 3.0 Station Transition Guidelines Manual. The goal of the Manual is to provide relevant information and recommendations to decision makers at broadcast stations, large and small, in how a coordinated transition may be implemented from the current ATSC 1.0 broadcast standard to the ATSC 3.0 NextGen TV platform on a market-wide basis.

The Future of Transportation. Monday, April 8 | 10:40 am12:00 pm | N258. Summary: Jump in the vehicle of future and prepare to be entertained.  This fast-paced block explores how innovations and experiments in the car today are going to change the passenger experience in one to three years.

Connected Cars and Next Gen TV: Infrastructure Decisions Could Be Key to ATSC 3.0 Adoption. Monday, April 8 | 3:00 pm3:30 pm | N3311. Summary: Broadcasters and CE companies rightly see the market for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV’s) as a huge opportunity for Next Generation Television (ATSC 3.0). They are approaching original equipment makers and aftermarket suppliers with strong use cases for Next Gen, including in-vehicle infotainment.

Beyond Frenemies: New Relationships in a 5G World. Tuesday, April 9 | 1:00 pm1:30 pm | SU13306. Summary: With 5G, carriers face the prospect of offering more speed and capabilities at the same or lower prices and will require they take an expanded role in shaping the broader ecosystems that emerge. Solution providers from cloud to data analytics and customer management are similarly scrambling for positioning as 5G is deployed.

Suggested Modulation Parameters for Fixed and Mobile Services . Wednesday, April 10 | 1:50 pm2:10 pm | N260. Summary: With the large number of modulation parameters available for ATSC 3.0, deciding on the best, or any, set for broadcast can be overwhelming. This presentation steps through some of the most important parameters.

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About NAB Show
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