Cleveland, OH (October 31, 2016)—WJW-TV, the Tribune Media-owned Fox affiliate in Cleveland, OH, made history on October 25 when it broadcast the first game of Major League Baseball’s World Series using the ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV standard.
“This is a defining moment for the future of television. Together with Tribune Media, the NAB and our technology partners, we are showing the FCC and our fellow broadcasters that Next Gen TV is a grand slam home run,” said Friedel, executive vice president and general manager for Fox Networks Engineering and Operations. Friedel is 2016 chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the standards development organization developing and documenting ATSC 3.0.
Using the newly-standardized transmission system for the ATSC 3.0 standard, the experimental station is simulcasting network and local programming from local Fox affiliate WJW-TV as the American League’s Cleveland Indians host the National League’s Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field in the World Series.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) received an FCC experimental license to operate a full-power Channel 31 transmitter in Cleveland as a living laboratory for broadcasters and manufacturers creating the Next Gen TV service. The ATSC 3.0 broadcasts are using the transmitter and broadcast facilities of WJW, the Tribune Media-owned Fox affiliate in Cleveland.
In addition to the support of Tribune Media, Fox and the NAB, the ATSC 3.0 World Series broadcasts are made possible by technical contributions of GatesAir (ATSC 3.0 exciter for over-the-air transmission), LG Electronics (ATSC 3.0 receivers and antennas), Harmonic (real-time encoders for HEVC video and Dolby AC4 audio) and Triveni Digital (signaling/announcement metadata, IP stream generation, ATSC 3.0 analyzer, and system integration support).
Bill VanDuynhoven Tribune Broadcasting’s director of engineering operations, remarked, “With this test station, we’re swinging for the fences, putting the new transmission standard through its paces to demonstrate that ATSC 3.0 technologies are real and can deliver meaningful benefits to broadcasters and viewers alike.”