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ATSC 3.0 Recommended by ITU

ATSC 3.0 is now a recommended digital broadcast standard for everything from 4K Ultra HD to mobile.

Washington, DC (January 21, 2020)—The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has adopted the Advanced Television Systems Committee’s ATSC 3.0 as a recommended digital broadcast standard, paving the way for countries around the world to evaluate and use the IP-based digital broadcast standard, the first of its kind in the world.

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ATSC 3.0 is designed to deliver everything from 4K Ultra HD to robust mobile signals and also encompasses NGA or Next Generation Audio features, enabling new business models and giving consumers a better experience. Developed by hundreds of industry experts who sought to create a state-of-the-art broadcast system based on the same Internet Protocol language used by over-the-top services, ATSC 3.0 greatly expands flexibility and adaptability for broadcasters, allowing them to transmit data that will both enhance TV broadcasts and provide new revenue opportunities.

The next step is to update the ITU Digital Handbook with best practices for implementation of ATSC 3.0. ATSC members are poised to continue supporting international standards efforts, including through the new ATSC Planning Team 6 on Global Recognition of ATSC 3.0.

“ATSC appreciates the efforts of the U.S. Delegation to the ITU, led by the U.S. FCC, and we congratulate the ITU on its careful review and decision to include ATSC 3.0 as an official ITU standard.  The system is currently commercially deployed in South Korea where audiences have been enjoying high-quality Ultra HD video and next generation audio from ATSC 3.0 broadcasts since 2017. U.S. commercial deployment begins in earnest this year,” said Madeleine Noland, President of ATSC.