|We asked folks to answer 10 questions about “Next-gen TV,” the consumer appellation for the TV content distributed via new technology from the Advanced Television Systems Committee, a collection of engineers charged with developing the nation’s over-the-air TV delivery standard. ATSC 3.0 promises interactive, non-linear and portable functionality, as well as support for 4K and other advanced audio and video technologies.
TV Technology asked a series of questions to gauge the level of interest in these advanced features. We had 101 respondents, 67 percent of whom work in “content creation, app development, media distribution or communications.”
Links to the full results for each of the 10 questions follow the comments.
“somewhat” or “not at all” interested...
Synopsis: Several commenters noted that smartphones already wake up to blare out weather warnings and Amber Alerts. Others asked about disabling the feature or being able to define the alert types they wanted to receive.
Of all respondents, 53 percent were very interested; 31 percent, somewhat; and 16 percent, not at all interested in a free TV service that activates devices to deliver emergency alerts.
have to purchase
the device? My experience with the Emergency Alert System now
in place is that
it is seldom used for real emergencies. When it is used, it
usually does apply
to my physical location or at least near me. I get maybe one
alert in two to
three years. I doubt that I would want to have a device plugged
in all the time
that alerts me on the test signals... and then very seldom on a real alert. If it did not relay
the tests and came
up with an alert in the middle of the night I am not sure I
would realize it
was an emergency.
should be a no-brainer.
live in an area that is prone to emergency alerts.
the deluge of the
different delivery of services and ongoing “crying of wolf”
affect on social
media, it will be the only trustworthy delivery of EAS
subscribers should be getting that info from local
sources, not far,
far away large city TV stations.
confined to a two-
to three-hour period in the evenings, my phone will probably
do a more
efficient job of warning me.
information is the
first reason we
need local TV. Or think of the stewardesses on your most recent
don’t give a flying cow about your Diet Coke or peanuts. Should
that plane crash,
they’re there to save you. So, too, is emergency information on
your local TV or
radio station. The
just a bonus.
a no-Brainerd. Should have the
option to disable.
alerts can save lives.
might be nice to
have but like the weather alerts on my cellphone, unless I have
the ability to
select what kind of emergency it delivers, I’ll just disable it.
don’t need Amber Alerts in the middle of the night when I’m
wouldn’t be at all annoyed by a forest fire alert if the fire could
what alert? Weather comes to your cellphone.
alerts also. The alert system was intended to warn us about
a nuclear attack,
and what to do—1950 attitudes. No one seems to understand
television will be
the first to go in an attack. TV alerts are duplicitous.
it has always been possible for TV broadcasters to deliver
emergency alerts, but there has been no generally available device to
alerts when the TV receiver is turned off.
are more now than
ever before and it would be very beneficial for this free
would be very helpful for delivering emergency
We do it
the consumer best!
over the net.
forward to AWARN
and the new possibilities ATSC 3.0 open up. Full disclosure, I
datacasting technology to deliver law enforcement and public
safety data to
first responders. AWARN is focused on public alerting, but also
possibilities for the private encrypted public safety data that I
have already disabled similar Amber &
Silver alerts to
my mobile phone (too many overnight cries of “wolf”). Such
service would need
“hooks” to control types, timing and other variables of any
reliable emergency communications system in an
dangerous and dynamic world.
it be different
than a smartphone
that goes with you when you leave your home. I’m not lugging
my TV around with
me, after all.
some cellphone alerts,
but a good idea
important to be prepared and forewarned so you
can stay safe.
free. You end up
getting pop-ups of some kind which is advertising, because
that is what pays
see the application.
this “device” some other gadget people would be expected
to buy and carry
around? If not, are broadcasters expecting/hoping that mobile
add another chip in the phone to tune to one or more local
and constantly drain the battery in hopes that they decode a
This service already exists via online service providers and
with a high level of customization. As for “free,” there are
radios that will activate for emergency alerts. What benefit gap
is this idea
supposed to fill?
always did that... “this is a
test of the
emergency broadcasting system...” It’s a good idea though my phone
does same thing.
relevant with today’s social media and
I’m sure my friends will tell me something important is going
on... be better to
put Emergency Alert messages on Facebook!
idea Just like
NOAA Weather “all hazards” radio we have now.
“very good.” I’m more likely to lose internet in
an emergency than free
already have that on my phone.
they call it an
more government in my
idea, depending on the device. Not sure if I need it to
interrupt my work
on my laptop or mobile phone, but it’s OK to share a message
on a television.
to know when to duck and cover.
sure I understand
smartphone already does that.
seems useful, if it is hack-proof.
on my phone.
Free over-the-air TV is watched in this hous hold is less than an hour per day.
The phone is with
All 10 Questions About Next-Gen TV...
Q1: How interested are you in free
service that's interactive, like the
Q2: How do you feel about a free TV
that activates a device to deliver
alerts? <-You are here.
Q3: How interested are you being able
to view free TV on smartphones, tablets
laptops in moving cars, trains, or other
Q4: How interested are you in the ability
move from TV to tablet to smartphone
without missing a scene in a show or a
in a sporting event?
Q5: How interested are you in a free Ultra
Q6: How interested are you in a free TV
service that provides immersive audio,
replaceable dialogue and other advanced
Q7: How do you feel about advertisements
based on data mined from your personal
Q8: Would you be willing to buy a set-top
box or other hardware peripheral to be
to receive free Next-Gen TV?
Q9: How much TV do you watch per day?
(Include TVs, tablets, laptops, PCs and
Q10: Do you work in content creation, app
development, media distribution or