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Next Gen TV: Coming To Your Living Room (And Phones And Cars) Soon

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FCC: In November 2017, the FCC set new rules allowing broadcast television to upgrade to the Next Generation of broadcast television transmission standard, also called Advanced Television Systems Committee 3.0 (ATSC 3.0). The FCC did not require broadcasters to upgrade; it announced stations can migrate to ATSC 3.0 on a voluntary and market-by-market basis. ATSC 3.0 represents the next generation of broadcast television standards, featuring full Internet compatibility, mobile delivery, enhanced audio and video quality and interactivity. The ATSC 1.0 standard ushered in digital transmission and was approved by the FCC in 1996, with the FCC finalizing the shift from analog to digital transmission in June 2009.

Since the migration to ATSC 3.0 is voluntary, the benefits may vary by broadcaster. The FCC has instructed TV stations that migrate to ATSC 3.0 to simulcast the current standard (ATSC 1.0) for a minimum of five years. The FCC requires broadcasters give cable/satellite operators (MVPDs) 120 days notice of any channel relocating with ATSC 3.0, until July 13, 2020. The notification requirement will change to 90 days after this date.

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