New ATSC 3.0 markets 2019


We have one station locally that will begin broadcasting ATSC3.0 this year. That starts their 5 year clock for shutting down their current protocol.


You can always go to the FCC site and review their application for ATSC 3.0 transmission. It maybe a pilot application or a permanent application. It also includes various other characteristics.


How do we find the actual stations in each market that are going to start ATSC 3.0?

Every article I find just lists the markets not the stations.


ATSC 1.0 stations primary channel are being lighthoused onto a shared channel. Thus you need two stations to tango. So no one is going to reveal which channels or when until all business relationships are finalized. And I’m sure there is a plan for translators.

But you might be able to guess. If you have Sinclair channels in your area.

Or your channels are members of the Pearl group. And probably Fox owned stations. PBS has it’s own group that are trying to decide what to do.


I don’t believe they are being forced to stop the 1.0 simulcast at that deadline so they will likely keep 1.0 around as long as there is a big enough user base to make it profitable.

These are early days.


ATSC 3.0 allows for additional sub-channels, targeted advertising, B-to-B applications, etc. ATSC 1.0 channels will be lighthoused. Two of more stations frozen in time on specific channels.

The FCC didn’t mandate the 5-year rule because it thought stations wanted to extend broadcasting ATSC 1.0 past 5 years.

Tablo isn’t going to reveal any ATSC 3.0 business planing. But they are probably dependent on functionality provided by the Xcode processor and Pixelworks isn’t talking