The National Translator Association Annual Convention took place May 9-12, 2019. Speakers touched on the topics of Next Gen TV, Interference Identification, Mitigation, Spectrums and more.
The Saturday morning session focused on the new standard of television, ATSC 3.0, with speakers Vern Fotheringham, Joel Wilhite, Perry Priestley, Lee Miller, Bob Weller and Gary Cocola. These speakers addressed the future for translators and low power stations.
“We now have a very unique, new capability with the ATSC 3.0 standard, which embraces mobility,” says Vern Fotheringham, Co-Executive Chairman of Edge Spectrum.
This concept of ATSC 3.0’s ability to enhance mobility was strong throughout the entire session as society’s demand for mobile content increases.
When speaking on the metaphorical race between technology and those who are trying to find faster and more innovative ways to use it, Joel Wilhite, Senior Systems Design Engineer at Harmonic Inc, says, “[t]he technology is coming up so fast, so quick, we can’t build things fast enough.”
As the session progressed, speakers also emphasized topics of increased speed, higher definition and the impact that ATSC 3.0 will have on the broadcasting world in general, especially within Low Power Television.
“Fortunately, for us, as LPTV and translator operators, we do not have the burden that Full-power operators have,” says Lee Miller, Executive Director of ATBA “We can instigate this tomorrow.”
Perry Priestley, CEO of Anywave Communication, went on to say “...the future is ATSC 3.0. It’s all about mobility. If we don’t target mobility then we go out of business.”
“Consumers want to watch what they want to watch, when they want to watch it,” says Bob Weller, Vice President of Spectrum Policy for National Association of Broadcasters. “...and we need, as a general matter as broadcasters, to facilitate the ability for consumers to watch what they want, when they want.”
Wilhite closed the session with this piece of advice for those in attendance. “It’s gonna happen, so here it comes.”Click here for the full post
WASHINGTON—The FCC will begin accepting licensing applications for Next-Gen TV service via its Licensing and Management System (LMS) on May 28.
The announcement comes following the commission’s completion of a revision to its Form 2100 and changes to LMS to deal with updates to accommodate ATSC 3.0 license applications.
The application must be filed by all full- and low-power TV stations, Class A and TV translator stations –except for licensed channel sharing stations—that intend to transmit 3.0.
Stations currently on air with 3.0 service are operating under Experimental Special Temporary Authority granted by the agency.Click here for the full post
As Senator Gordon Smith, CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, delivered his opening remarks, he surprised many by holding up a mobile phone fixed with an ATSC 3.0 adapter and called attention to a largely unknown chip technology that enables reception of live, over-the-air TV and radio broadcasts. Smith elaborated, “While this attachment is great, what we would really like to see is a chip built right into the phone to give consumers this technology…But to date manufacturers, Apple being one of them, refuse to enable broadcast chips in their devices. It begs the question: Why?”
Smith said that consumers would welcome new local programming without using mobile minutes, as well as access to safety and emergency services. Then he chided Apple and other big tech firms for using their powerful market position to limit consumer choice and stifle free market competition. This was a moment to remember, when the idea of putting broadcast receiver chips into mobile devices was elevated from merely a broadcaster’s wish to a national conversation.
Later at another NAB event, organized by Pearl TV, came the dramatic news that the top 40 US TV markets would have implementation of ATSC 3.0 by the end of next year. At that event, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr spoke on the benefits to safety and emergency services that would be possible if broadcast signals could be received on mobile devices. Said Carr, “These new [ATSC 3.0] features aren’t just exciting for their entertainment value. They also have the potential to vastly improve public safety—whether it’s geo-targeted and encrypted information sent directly to first responders, or multimedia AMBER alerts to provide the public with more accurate and complete information.”Click here for the full post
Eight weeks ago, RBR+TVBR told you about the transfer of a 117-watt low-power TV station serving a South Carolina market. George Kimble of Kozacko Media Services was the exclusive broker.
Now, that buyer is selling a sister property — and making millions of dollars in profit compared to the September 2017 purchase price.
On March 18, it became known that WP Stations LLC is selling WHDC-LP 12 in Charleston, S.C., to Lowcountry 34 Media LLC.
The purchase price for Lowcountry 34, led by Jeff Winemiller was $110,000.
Now, Winemiller has enough dough to bake some tasty bread on a vineyard he can buy.
He’s just sold co-owned full-power WSCG-34, licensed to Bexley, Ga., and serving South Carolina’s Lowcountry and the Savannah, Ga., market.
Read more in Radio and Television Business Report.Click here for the full post
The senior manager of technical standards at SONY Home Entertainment & Sound Products – America has been selected to serve as Chairman of the ATSC Technology Group overseeing ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV standards.
Taking the position with the Advanced Television Systems Committee is Luke Fay. He succeeds Madeleine Noland, who became ATSC President on Tuesday.
“As soon as the appointment of Luke Fay as ATSC Technology Group Chair was proposed, board members immediately and unanimously affirmed their support,” said 2019 ATSC Board Chairman Lynn Claudy, of the NAB. “That’s a clear reflection of Luke’s reputation as a highly competent and well- regarded leader in the ATSC community.”Click here for the full post