NAB 2016: LG Demos ATSC 3.0 Wireless Network Antenna
April 18, 2016
LAS VEGAS—LG Electronics is demonstrating a new wireless
network antenna designed to receive and process ATSC 3.0 television broadcast signals and redistribute them via
Wi-Fi throughout the home to connected devices such as smart TVs,
tablets, laptop computers and smartphones.
After a two-year development process,
the company is
demonstrating the 3.0 smart antenna for the first time at the NAB Show. It
is a featured product in the “ATSC 3.0 Consumer Experience” exhibit,
co-hosted by the NAB, the Consumer Technology Association and the
Advanced Television Systems Committee.
The ATSC 3.0 wireless network antenna is based on an LG-developed
unidirectional antenna array with electronic steering logic
designed to optimize indoor reception. LG is integrating a chip-based
ATSC 3.0 tuner-demodulator with the antenna, which can be placed anywhere in a home—the attic, in a window, in a
closet—wherever reception is best.
The steerable network antenna is coupled with a network interface
communicate with the in-home WiFi router to allow connected devices to
blend ATSC 3.0 signals and services with over-the-top Internet-delivered
content. The Wireless Network Antenna also is designed to receive
current ATSC 1.0 DTV transmissions and similarly route them to an
array of consumer devices.
Development of the LG ATSC 3.0 wireless network antenna, which
began in 2014, is a joint effort of LG’s Zenith R&D Lab in
Lincolnshire, Ill., and the office of the Chief Technology Officer, LG
Electronics, in Seoul, Korea.
Expected to redefine TV broadcasting for decades to come, the
next-generation ATSC 3.0 broadcast television system is being designed
to deliver 4K UHD services, robust reception on mobile devices and
improved spectrum efficiency. LG and Zenith are key contributors to ATSC
standards activities, including development of core technologies in the
majority of the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer transmission system.