The future of over-the-air broadcast TV is clouded by a lack of technical planning. There are no national frequency plans for Repack, nor are there any plans for simulcasting or subsidized converters for the ATSC 3.0 transition. Broadcast engineers must be keenly aware of and plan for known future scenarios that have no plan, such as Repack and ATSC 3.0. Every station and market is on literally its own.
European cable operators are ending 2016 in good health but reliant on broadband subscribers to maintain modest revenue growth as TV business stagnates or declines. This is a key finding of the 2016 European Broadband Cable Yearbook published by analytics group IHS Markit and Cable Europe, the European cable trade association.
GatesAir recently filed comments with the FCC asking to keep US taxpayer money spent on repack in the US.
Italy has finally given up digital terrestrial transmissions at frequencies which caused interference in neighboring countries after 30 years of dispute and prevarication. This follows pressure both from the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and nearby countries including France, Switzerland, Malta, Croatia and Slovenia.
ATSC 3.0 is coming. Plan now.
The front-of-mind issue for U.S. broadcasters is ATSC 3.0. When will it arrive? What can I do to prepare for it? Because it is not backward compatible, the change is controversial. Mike Chapman, a business expert on television with the consulting firm, Accenture, predicts how he believes ATSC 3.0 will develop
A second topic involves your career. How is it going? Got that promotion yet? How about a raise? If you could use some help climbing that corporate ladder, read this article. Senior engineer, Ned Soseman offers tips to rising above the crowd of your fellow technical staffers.
Broadcasters around the world need to engage with mobile standardization efforts around the 5G banner to ensure their interests are represented in emerging technologies for converged networks combining fixed broadband with Wi-Fi and cellular transmission. This was a key takeaway from the annual EBU (European Broadcasting Union) state of the industry conference called Forecast, held at its Geneva headquarters late November 2016.