In a ground breaking 3-2 vote today, the FCC has voted to approve the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard. This move paves the way for next generation over the air broadcasting that promises better reception over antenna and enables internet connectivity with local programming.
“Today is a promising day for consumers, an exciting day for technological innovation and a historic day for the broadcast business,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement before the commission vote to authorize ATSC 3.0.
“Authorization opens the door to substantially improved, free over-the-air broadcast television service and fiercer competition in the video marketplace.” – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
The vote requires broadcasters choosing to begin voluntary ATSC 3.0 transmission to partner with another broadcaster to simulcast ATSC 1.0 service to ensure OTA viewers of legacy DTV maintain their service.
It also means that TV manufacturers will begin in earnest the process of including the new ATSC 3.0 compatible tuners into their sets. LG is already including the tuners into some of their currently available sets. Look for ATSC 3.0 to join HDR and 4K as the new minimum standards for TVs.