Cleveland’s Ch 39 Is Site For Next ATSC 3.0 TV tests

More licensed experimental broadcasts of ATSC 3.0 will begin in Cleveland, OH following successful tests in Wisconsin.

Cleveland has been selected as the next site of experimental broadcasts to further verify the capabilities of transmission technologies developed for the ATSC 3.0 next-generation television broadcast standard.

The FUTURECAST Universal Terrestrial Broadcasting System is a leading contributor to the optimal "physical layer" solution at the heart of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast system now being standardized by the Advanced Television Systems Committee, and FUTURECAST will go "on-the-air" on Cleveland's Channel 31 later this spring.

Co-developed by LG Electronics, its U.S. R&D subsidiary Zenith, and GatesAir FUTURECAST is being proposed as the foundation of next-generation terrestrial broadcasting for the US and around the world. FUTURECAST can deliver 4K Ultra HD content and two robust mobile TV streams in a single 6-Megahertz channel, while optimizing indoor reception and offering unparalleled spectrum efficiency.

The Cleveland field tests precede what could become a joint project of NAB Labs, the Pearl TV broadcaster partnership, Tribune Media, and others that are eager to develop a test-bed and "ATSC 3.0 model station." The work FUTURECAST is doing on Channel 31 is a positive step in that direction.

GatesAir has received a special temporary experimental broadcast license from the FCC to operate a full-power Channel 31 transmitter in the Cleveland area, for use in studying the FUTURECAST Universal Terrestrial Broadcast System under various test scenarios in a real-world environment over the next six months. The tests will use the transmitter and broadcast facilities of WJW-TV, the Tribune Media-owned Fox affiliate in Cleveland. (Channel 31 was WJW's pre-DTV transition channel allocation; WJW now broadcasts on Channel 8.)

Gates Air will exhibit at NAB in booth C3107.

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