IEEE: ATSC 3.0 and pathways to implementation

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ATSC 3.0 has been described as “the future for broadcasting” at least in North America and those other nations that have adopted US transmission standards. It is the cornerstone of plans to migrate transmission to ‘next-generation’ broadcasting which can be 4K/Ultra HD, high dynamic range and wider colour gamut advantages. [Emerald 11:00-13:00]

IBC and its IEEE partner have created a major session devoted to ATSC 3.0 that will provide a thorough overview of its impact, extending from basic information for the non-scientist delegate, up to key implementation strategies. With ATSC 3.0 creating the risk of co-channel interference with the ‘old’ ATSC 1.0/DTV transmissions, the session will address this problem too.

Three papers will be presented, from: Guy Bouchard, a consultant to the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, who will overview the standard; Reza Soleymani, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Concordia University Canada, who will cover mitigation of co-channel interference; and Yiyan Wu, a fellow of the IEEE, who is a principal research scientist at the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada and also editor in chief of the IEEE’s Transactions on Broadcasting. Wu will describe how co- and adjacent channel interference can be controlled and placed in strategic locations.

Furthermore, this paper will suggest methods to make unavoidable interference less objectionable to services user.