At the recent Society of Broadcast Engineers annual national awards, ATSC President Mark Richer hailed the collaboration of broadcast industry players for last year’s development of ATSC 3.0.
Richer outlined a history of the standards-setting process for digital TV and ATSC 3.0, and announced that work continues to ensure a smooth road ahead for deployment of the standard and its many features.
Richer spoke of “The Road Ahead” on his journey to Next Gen TV.
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The FCC has granted requests from five commercial and public TV broadcasters for permission to test next-gen TV broadcasts from the transmission facilities of Univision's KFPH-CD, which began ATSC 3.0 broadcasts last March.
"We are delighted to learn this week that the FCC is granting authority for ABC affiliate KNXV, NBC affiliate KPNX, CBS affiliate KPHO, Independent KTVK, and PBS station KAET to utilize the transmission facilities of ATSC 3.0 station KFPH-CD in collaborative testing,” said said Anne Schelle, managing director of Pearl TV, which is coordinating the Phoenix test market. “This is a very positive step forward and we are grateful for the authority to move the Phoenix Model Market project forward."
The stations that were approved by the FCC week are part of the Phoenix Model Market project that was announced last November. The goals of the Phoenix Model Market project—which now total 12 stations—are to test ATSC 3.0 television service and new business models, to develop a framework to facilitate nationwide deployment of ATSC 3.0 service (including best practices), to test consumer devices, and to collect real-time consumer input through surveys and focus groups.
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IBN Television made history when ARK Mediacom, Inc. (ARK) demonstrated the first end-to-end delivery of IP streaming video content. In collaboration with its key technology partners, the testing was successful utilizing the next generation ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard from studio origination to the consumer edge. This is an important benchmark in proving the ability to deliver IP video streaming services nationwide over the ARK 5G broadcast network. The content used for this testing was the IBN Television network which makes IBN the very first Christian network to be delivered over 5G and the next generation of the television technology in ATSC 3.0. This successful test demonstrates how ARK broadcast 5G will deliver OTT to the consumer edge.
“It is a great privilege to have had our CrossTalk and Today with God TV programs broadcasting on IBN when the new ATSC 3.0 technology was deployed during the ARK Mediacom test,” said Dr. Randy Weiss, president of CrossTalk International. “I’m thankful to report that instead of soap operas or soap powder commercials, the first use of this exciting technology was to preach the Gospel from Israel and from Cuba.”
IBN Television general manager, Joshua Weiss added, “I’m excited that our young network is not only leading the Christian broadcast industry, but also blazing trails in the secular arena by being the first to broadcast in 5G.”
Technologists from 13 companies and 3 continents participated in the proof of concept project with Hitachi Comark serving as system integrator.
Dick Fiore, president of Hitachi Comark commented, “This is just another great step forward by leaders of organizations that have the vision and drive to make things happen.”
ARK CEO, Vern Fotheringham added that, “The most exciting thing about broadcast 5G is our now-demonstrated ability to simulcasting content across a nationwide IP multicast network that enables virtually unlimited OTT video and IP data delivery directly to consumers. This is a stark contrast to the existing fixed and mobile carrier’s reliance on unicast one-to-one connection-based solutions that further impact the over-stressed architecture of today’s Internet.”
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DigiCap participated as a lead technology company in the recent ARK Mediacom, Inc. (ARK) proof of concept test. The demonstration was the first end-to-end delivery of IP streaming video content utilizing the next generation ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard from studio origination over satellite to the consumer edge. DigiCap home media gateway, SmartXess TV, proved to be a viable contributor in the broadcast ATSC 3.0 ecosystem. This edge device is the consumer gateway which completes the path for delivery of IP video stream services nationwide over a broadcast architecture such as the ARK network.
“It is exciting to be part of ATSC 3.0 trials with ARK. Our ATSC 3.0 head-end gear and SmartXess TV enables true end-to-end distribution of ATSC 3.0 IP packets to users at home,” said Pete Han, CEO of DigiCAP. “ARK and the team of partners are doing amazing stuff. It is good news for ATSC 3.0.”
Along with the 13 companies from three continents that participated, Hitachi Comark served as system integrator and Intelsat provided the satellite IP transmission during the milestone event.
Dick Fiore, president of Hitachi Comark commented, “Comark Digital Services was founded for this particular purpose, to bring about exciting new ways of utilizing the ATSC-3 standard to enhance the viewing experience, and to expand IP based services to areas that previously were under deployed. This is just another great step forward by leaders of organizations that have the vision and drive to make things happen.”
ARK CEO, Vern Fotheringham added that, “The most exciting thing about broadcast 5G is our now-demonstrated ability to simulcast content across a nationwide IP multicast network that enables virtually unlimited OTT video and IP data delivery directly to consumers. This is a stark contrast to the existing fixed and mobile carrier’s reliance on unicast one-to-one connection-based solutions that further impact the over-stressed architecture of today’s Internet.”
DigiCAP Co., Ltd. develops digital content protection and distribution systems for numerous broadcasters, telecommunication companies and governmental bodies. The company offers end-to-end solutions for ATSC 3.0 broadcast delivery platforms including signaling, electronic service guide (ESG), multiplexer, broadcast gateway, and IRDs. DigiCAP is focused on delivering technologies and specialized services for the diverse business models of customers and partners in digital terrestrial broadcast, satellite, IPTV, OTT and telecommunication services. DigiCAP Co Ltd was founded in 2000 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
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