New Next-Generation TV Rules Help Improve Emergency Alerting
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Comments

The FCC adopted new rules to let television broadcasters use the next-generation broadcast TV transmission standard, called ATSC 3.0, on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

The TV standard will let broadcasters provide consumers with more vivid pictures and sound, including ultra high definition television and superior reception, mobile viewing capabilities, advanced emergency alerts, better accessibility features, localized content and interactive educational children’s content, the FCC said.

The upgraded technology will merge the capabilities of over-the-air broadcasting with the broadband viewing and information delivery methods of the internet using the same 6-megahertz channels allocated for digital television (DTV).

The report and order requires broadcasters that use next-generation TV to partner with another local station in their market to simulcast their programming in the current DTV standard, called ATSC 1.0, so that viewers can continue to receive their existing broadcast service without having to purchase new equipment. The order also requires broadcasters to provide advance on-air notifications to educate consumers about next-generation TV service deployment and simulcasting.

Public-safety implications include improvements to advanced emergency alerts delivered by ATSC 3.0.

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