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Public Media Group Looks For Opportunities In ATSC 3.0

A group of public television stations have created the Public Media Venture Group as a way to coordinate efforts in taking advantage of opportunities within ATSC 3.0.

The group will collaborate These collaborative efforts will focus on expanded educational services, emergency communications, increased program streams, local content and interactive television.

Public Media Company will work with Public Media Venture Group members to explore revenue-generating joint ventures and partnerships, which will fund new streams of content and drive new public service capabilities. These collaborative efforts will focus on expanded educational services, emergency communications, increased program streams, local content and interactive television. Public Media Company will also help Public Media Venture Group stations coordinate activities with other commercial and public companies engaged in Next Generation TV. Areas of potential collaboration with commercial groups include the establishment of single frequency network facilities and maintenance of ATSC 1.0 service.

“Stations participating in the Public Media Venture Group believe that Next Gen TV is just as exciting for public television stations as it is for commercial television. The new system offers public television stations the opportunity to create innovative and exciting new public services, to improve operations, save costs, generate new revenue, and invest more money in content and services that will better serve local communities,” said Marc Hand, CEO, Public Media Company and leader of the Public Media Venture Group.

Public Media Venture Group member stations cover urban and rural areas and include some state networks and stations connected to major educational institutions. The group will be supported by some of the foremost experts in broadcast engineering, organizational management and financial planning. The Public Media Venture Group will seek out partners and investors that can leverage the unique assets that public television will bring to Next Generation TV, such as its national footprint, community service focus, and its member-supported programming model.

Stations in the Public Media Ventures Group

• Alabama Public Television, Alabama
• Iowa Public Television, Iowa
• KCET, California
• KVIE, California
• Mississippi Public Broadcasting, Mississippi
• Nebraska Network, Nebraska
• Nine Network of Public Media, Missouri
• Rocky Mountain PBS, Colorado
• UNC-TV, North Carolina
• Utah Education Network, Utah
• Vegas PBS, Nevada
• WCTE, Tennessee
• WFYI, Indiana
• WGBH, Massachusetts
• WJCT, Florida
• WNET, New York
• WOSU, Ohio
• WTTW, Illinois

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Dolby Completes HDR Broadcast Trial Using SMPTE ST 2094-10

2094-10, the company’s proposal for dynamic metadata within ATSC 3.0.

The trial was conducted at the ATSC 3.0 test station in Cleveland with partners Triveni Digital, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Tribune Broadcasting.

SMPTE ST 2094-10, which is currently reviewed as an ATSC Candidate Standard, “defines content dependent metadata creation for dynamic metadata that maximizes the experience delivered by the display of broadcast content,” according to Dolby.

The HDR broadcast metadata test comes as Dolby has turned out to display its advances with AC-4, which has been selected as an audio standard within ATSC 3.0, and Dolby Vision, the company’s HDR standard.

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Triveni Digital Brings Technology and System Integration Experience to ATSC 3.0 Test Station in Cleveland

Triveni Digital today announced that it is collaborating with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), Consumer Technology Association (CTA), third-party technology providers, and Tribune Broadcasting station WJW-TV in Cleveland to set up an operational ATSC 3.0 test station. Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder:registered: XM ATSC 3.0 signaling and announcement generator and StreamScope:registered: XM MT monitoring and analysis system with support for ROUTE and MMTP encoding have been deployed at WJW-TV to test interoperability and performance, providing broadcasters with a real-world working model for ATSC 3.0 television operations.

“The NAB/CTA ATSC 3.0 test station project being hosted at WJW-TV is envisioned as a neutral laboratory to test anything and everything related to ATSC 3.0,” said Lynn Claudy, senior vice president of technology at NAB. “We welcome both manufacturers and broadcasters to participate in evaluating and exploring the capabilities of the next-gen standard. With companies like Triveni Digital spearheading this effort, the industry will be well-prepared to go on-air with ATSC 3.0.”

Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder XM signaling and announcement generator is being used at WJW-TV to ingest schedule updates from listing services, apply them to relevant services, and output program and service guide data to multiplexers. With GuideBuilder XM, the station can test the delivery of more advanced electronic programming/service guides (EPGs/ESGs) and localized, enhanced emergency alerts, key features of the ATSC 3.0 standard that will improve the television viewing experience. WJW-TV is using StreamScope XM MT to perform detailed analysis of ATSC 3.0 streams and data structures for quick error detection and resolution.

“Triveni Digital has been leading the ATSC 3.0 charge ever since the standard development process began, offering compatible technologies as well as integration and ecosystem expertise,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “Deploying our StreamScope XM MT and GuideBuilder XM solutions at the WJW-TV ATSC 3.0 test station will make it practical for broadcasters to launch early deployments and trials of the standard to enhance the digital television experience.”

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A Broadcaster's Guide To Washington Issues

TVNewsCheck's quarterly quick briefing on the legal and regulatory proceedings affecting broadcasters from communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
Summertime did not slow down the FCC’s deregulatory efforts. Numerous broadcast rules are under review as new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai advances his agenda of reducing the regulatory burden on broadcast stations. Meanwhile, broadcasters and MVPDs have submitted their cost estimates for the repacking, and the current estimate — more than $2.13 billion — is hundreds of millions more than Congress authorized. Broadcasters now look to relief from Congress to cover the shortfall.
At the same time, broadcasters look at the possible adoption of ATSC 3.0 and a flexible approach from the new FCC, as many stations hope to be able to implement 3.0 in connection with the construction of new facilities required by the repacking of the TV band.
Keep up to date with these and other legal and policy issues affecting television broadcasters by reading FCC Watch, an exclusive briefing on some of the major issues currently being considered in Washington prepared by David Oxenford and David O'Connor, attorneys in the Washington law offices of Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP. You can reach Oxenford at doxenford@wbklaw.com or 202-383-3337 and O'Connor at doconnor@wbklaw.com or 202-383-3429.
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ATSC 3.0
ATSC 3.0, aka Next Generation TV, is likely to become an authorized new standard for over-the-air digital television transmissions. The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has been developing the standard for several years now. It will incorporate Internet-protocol digital encoding and will allow for many other major advances, including 4K capabilities, high-efficiency video coding, enhanced compression and significant improvements for both mobile reception and data transmission.
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Local TV Steps Up To Help Harvey Victims

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TV stations and their owners are at the forefront of helping raise funds for organizations aiding victims of the flooding due to Harvey.

In its first 24 hours, Texas Cares, an initiative started by Tegna, raised more than $1.15 million.
The Tegna Foundation matched the first $100,000 in donations. All money raised will be donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

“This is just the beginning. We will use this momentum to continue to serve our communities and help improve the lives of those in need,” said Dave Lougee, Tegna’s president.

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