Washington, DC (November 22, 2017)—The U.S. Federal Communications Commission authorized the new ATSC 3.0 next-generation television broadcast standard for U.S. broadcasters in a party-line vote, decided by chairman Ajit Pai, on November 16.
“The development of the revolutionary new Next Gen TV platform is more than five years in the making, and the hundreds of individuals and companies working on the ATSC 3.0 standard are gratified that the FCC has approved the standard for deployment,” said ATSC president Mark Richer. “ATSC 3.0 is already being deployed in South Korea, and we anticipate that it will be utilized to help terrestrial broadcasters continue to innovate in the U.S. and around the world.”
The new standard is the world’s first TV broadcast system based on an Internet Protocol backbone, for compatibility with internet-delivered content and services. ATSC 3.0 greatly enhances the capabilities of broadcast television to deliver enhanced and personalized content for viewers.
“The monumental undertaking to create ATSC 3.0 represents a new approach to standards- setting. In reality, ATSC 3.0 is a suite of 20-plus different standards that are extremely flexible and extensible to keep pace with ever-changing technologies. While it would be easy to look at today’s FCC action as the end of the road, the reality is that this is just the beginning. We expect to put the finishing touches on the remaining components of ATSC 3.0 this year, and we look forward to working with the many broadcasters and manufacturers who will work together on the next phase of implementation and deployment,” Richer said.