Next Generation in the US: 5G meets TV

The Next-Gen TV or ATSC 3.0 combines broadcasting and broadband (picture: pixabay)The tomorrow of broadcasting in the US is called Next-Gen TV (picture: pixabay)

What has already been introduced in South Korea and India could also become standard in the US: ATSC 3.0 and the Next Generation TV in the 5G world of tomorrow. ONE Media LLC is dedicated to combine broadcasting and broadband in America and bringing the new technology into action with the new standard 3.0.

The idea is fairly simple. What makes the Next-Gen TV so innovative is that it is based on Internet Protocol (IP) while using the upgraded ATSC 3.0 as a fundament – the new major standard for television broadcasting in North America. For transmission, the COFDM (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing) waveform is transmitted via Single Frequency Network transmitter. This technology is already standard in Europe as it has the advantage of not being disturbed when obstacles occur.

This ultimately means that all promises of the 5G wireless standard should have the same performance in broadcasting. If implemented one could, for example, watch television on a mobile phone without having to rely on mobile services and data volumes. This could be the necessary strike against competitors like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and so on.

Meeting with the FCC

To make the ONE Media’s novelty accessible to the public, a meeting with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took place in October. As 5G is taking over, ATSC 3.0 is the perfect prerequisite. With the help of the 3.0 infrastructure, broadcasting is independent of 5G wireless networks and their small-cell sites.

As the Executive Vice President and CTO of ONE Media, Kevin Gage, correctly stated, “Broadcasting is the original wireless industry—transmitting waves via RF”. However, the FCC plans to maintain ATSC 1.0 as the standard for the next five years.

Germany also ahead

Even though Germany is already facing challenges regarding the 5G cellular network, things are different for broadcasting thanks to Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR). Similar to ONE Media’s approach, the BR has created its own project 5G Today. It is planned to test the LTE/5G-FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) broadcast mode in Bavaria using the world’s first high tower high power transmitters. The frequency assignment was approved by the Federal Network Agency at the end of this September.

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