ONE Media, the Sinclair Broadcast Group-backed venture developing a next-generation television transmission system, last week completed a demonstration of its new system for broadcast of OTA digital TV, mobile TV and data in Austin, Texas.
A ONE Media spokesman said last week’s demo was conducted from KEYE-TV, the Sinclair-owned station in Austin. No special temporary authority from the Federal Communications Commission was required for the Nov. 4-5 demo because the station used leased over-the-air TV spectrum from Dish Network, the spokesman said.
ONE Media, which has dubbed the system the “Next Generation Broadcast Platform,” NGBP, said the transmission demonstration produced “outstanding results” for broadcast of fixed, mobile and data services. NGBP transmits Ultra-HD, HD, mobile TV and data over-the-air.
The ONE Media spokesman said the company will begin a 24-hour-per-day, seven-day-per week test of the NGBP from KEYE-TV on the leased Dish channel before the end of the year.
According to a press release issued yesterday afternoon by ONE Media, the demo “confirmed the unique capability to deliver flexible waveforms carrying video and other streams of IP data into a development platform and operate as a gateway to serve multiple mobile devices.”
The demo and subsequent test of NGBP will provide confirmation to the Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC) of the system’s performance. NGBP is among the systems under consideration by ATSC for its ATSC 3.0 next-generation television transmission system.
“Rather than designing a broadcast television specific standard, ONE Media’s approach is to deploy an IP service agnostic platform which supports full 4K UltraHD and mobile broadcast television and also supports new one to many data distribution services, essentially future proofing broadcasters flexibility to meet future market demands,” said Kevin Gage, ONE Media’s EVP and CTO.
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