The Advanced Television Systems Committee TG3 (Technology Group 3) has elevated the physical layer of the next-generation ATSC 3.0 television standard to Candidate Standard status.
The physical layer relates to the actual transmission component of the standards, including modulation, and will make it possible to begin field testing.
Mark Richer, ATSC president, called the vote “a major milestone” in a press release ATSC issued today.
At IBC 2015 earlier this month in Amsterdam, Rich Chernock, chief science officer of Triveni Digital and chair of TG3, said the physical layer is the portion of the standard needed by industry to begin seeking FCC rule changes to allow broadcasters to launch ATSC 3.0 service.
“The system will allow high-capacity, low-robustness modes and also lower-capacity, high-robustness modes in the same transmission,” said Richer in the release. “That flexibility means that we’re likely to see both 4K Ultra HD broadcasts running side-by-side with robust mobile broadcasts to handheld devices.”