Ongoing ATSC 3.0 Roll Outs Create Opportunities in Broadcast and 5G Convergence

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2Q 2021 | IN-6187


ATSC 3.0 Coverage Ramping Despite the Hurdles Caused by Pandemic


It is almost one year since the first few TV stations in the United States began ATSC 3.0 (NEXTGEN TV) broadcasts in 2020. Despite the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, ATSC 3.0 deployments continue to expand, with 21% of households in the U.S. covered by ATSC 3.0 by the end of 2020. It is expected to cover 47% of households by the end of first half 2021 and 65% of households at the end of 2021. As the broadcasters ramp up ATSC 3.0 deployments, the ecosystem is slowly developing to take advantage of the new broadcast TV standard.

ATSC 3.0 TV Sets and Receivers Slowly Entering the Market


ATSC 3.0 supports bitrates up to 57 Mbps, a significant improvement compared to 19 Mbps supported by former standard ATSC 1.0. The largest advancement of ATSC 3.0 is the support of two-way data communication, which is not available in ATSC 1.0. Despite the enhancements, ATSC 3.0 is not backward compatible, i.e., consumers will need a new TV set or a set-top box with an ATSC 3.0 tuner to receive the N…

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