Yep, and LG has said they aren’t planning any for this year at all.
We’re overdue for an update on this, but here’s the latest & greatest we did post in our weekly newsletter.
NEWS: Sinclair Stations Full Steam Ahead on ATSC 3.0
Broadcast conglomerate Sinclair says they’re planning to launch ATSC 3.0 broadcasts in 26 markets before the end of the year.
(Not familiar with ATSC 3.0? Get caught up here.)
There’s no word on which markets have been selected. The company also says they’ll ‘seed the market with low-cost transition devices’ so that consumers can actually view the broadcasts since there aren’t any commercially available TVs, tuners, or DVRs that support the standard.
This seems to be a very aggressive timeline given the transition to ATSC 3.0 is not required by the FCC, but instead a voluntary rollout.
So why is Sinclair so hot-to-trot on ATSC 3.0?
Critics of the transition say it’s likely financially motivated since according to consumer advocacy site BroadbandNow, the company has cash and patents riding on its success.
Here’s the good news for those who already have cord cutting gear using current standards…
Even if by some miracle Sinclair manages to make the significant infrastructure upgrades required to get this off the ground before 2020, stations in those markets are required by law to continue current ATSC 1.0 broadcasts for an additional 5 years.
You can check out the version with links here:
Long story short: Don’t believe Sinclair’s hype.