The next step is to update the ITU Digital Handbook with best practices for implementation of ATSC 3.0, according to the ATSC.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has adopted ATSC 3.0 as a recommended digital broadcast standard, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) announced this week.
ATSC 3.0 was developed by industry experts who sought to create a broadcast system based on the same Internet Protocol language used by over-the-top services.
ATSC 3.0 promises flexibility and adaptability for broadcasters, allowing them to transmit data to enhance TV broadcasts. It has been designed to deliver 4K Ultra HD as well as robust mobile signals.
Commenting on the announcement, ATSC Board Chairman Lynn Claudy, Senior VP of Technology for the National Association of Broadcasters, said: “With initial US deployments in place, we’re anticipating the first announcements of consumer receivers for the US market in the coming days. The decision by the ITU is yet another signal that digital terrestrial broadcasting has a bright future ahead.”
Madeleine Noland, President of ATSC, added: “ATSC appreciates the efforts of the US Delegation to the ITU, led by the US FCC, and we congratulate the ITU on its careful review and decision to include ATSC 3.0 as an official ITU standard. This milestone achievement is testament to the spirit of international collaboration that our members infused into the standard at every level.”