Deborah D. McAdams / 01.22.2013 02:43PM
New ATSC Implementation Teams to Focus on Commercialization of ATSC 2.0 and M-EAS
CARMEL, IND. -- The Advanced Television
Systems Committee has formed new Implementation Teams for two new emerging
standards -- ATSC 2.0 and the Mobile Emergency Alert System.
“Today’s announcement is a significant step in the move to expand the
capabilities of ATSC broadcast TV. We want to keep the ATSC standard relevant
and up-to-date for broadcasters and consumer device manufacturers. The
introduction of Implementation Teams for both ATSC 2.0 and M-EAS underscores
our progress and will help drive next-generation technologies toward
marketplace introduction,” said ATSC President Mark Richer.
Composed of representatives from companies developing enhancements to
digital TV broadcast standards, the new Implementation Teams will pursue a wide
range of initiatives that may include market studies, prototype development,
simulations, demonstrations, interoperability “plugfest” testing, field trials,
compliance, certification, branding, marketing and promotion, as well as
further standards recommendations to ATSC.
backwards-compatible ATSC 2.0 standard will be a bundle of new capabilities
including Internet-related features, advanced video coding, conditional access
and enhanced service guides for TV broadcasters. ATSC 2.0 also will include the
capabilities of the recently approved ATSC A/103 Non-Real-Time standard
that allows broadcasters to deliver file-based content, including programs and
clips to both fixed location and mobile DTV receivers. Among other things, this
new NRT standard will give broadcasters the capability to deliver content that
a viewer may watch at their convenience.
overarching goal of ATSC 2.0 is to create new value for viewers, consumer
electronics manufacturers, and broadcasters. To that end the ATSC 2.0
Implementation Team provides a venue for industry discussions of issues related
to commercialization of the emerging ATSC 2.0 Standard. The 2.0 Implementation
Team may address business and operational requirements for the successful
roll-out of ATSC 2.0, which is nearing final standardization,” Richer said.
David Siegler of Cox Media will serve as chairman of the ATSC
2.0 Implementation Team. ATSC 2.0 is expected to become a Candidate Standard in
the second quarter of 2013.
The new alerting application developed
for M-EAS uses existing standards for implementation. The U.S. broadcast
standard for mobile television, the ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV Standard, uses
Internet Protocol at its core. The use of IP allows the new application to
be flexible and extensible. Data delivery, non-real-time delivery, and
electronic service guides are all included.
addition of M-EAS with its alerting capabilities and the accompanying
rich-media emergency alerting information is widely considered a compelling
application of Mobile DTV. The ATSC M-EAS Implementation Team provides a venue
for industry discussions of issues related to implementation of this exciting enhancement
to the A/153 standard,” Richer said.
Jay Adrick of
Harris Corp. will serve as chairman of the ATSC M-EAS Implementation Team.
Adoption of the ATSC M-EAS standard is expected in the first quarter of 2013. (Adrick was originally listed as chairman of the 2.0 implementation team. ATSC hs issued a correction.)