The Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. (ATSC) has released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for Broadcast Core Network technologies to enhance the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard.
ATSC is asking for initial responses of interest by December 31, 2021.
“ATSC members are the stewards of the ATSC 3.0 Platform, evolving and expanding the system’s capabilities over time. This new development will move the technology forward and unlock innovative business scenarios for the broadcast ecosystem,” said ATSC president Madeleine Noland.
The organisation is currently in the process of specifying standards for a Broadcast Core Network, with the idea that the addition of core networking capabilities will be an integral part of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast system architecture.
Sourcing content from multiple data networks, a Broadcast Core Network holds potential to broaden the range of addressable use cases beyond those defined for linear television programme delivery and extend the utility of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast facilities to untapped market areas, said ATSC.
“We are excited to expand ATSC 3.0 options to include Core Networking,” said Luke Fay, chair of ATSC Technology Group 3 and senior manager technical standards at Sony Electronics. “This valuable addition to the ATSC 3.0 standard will enable broadcasters to coordinate data and content delivery across multiple markets. We look forward to specifying a state-of-the-art ATSC 3.0 extension with experts in the industry.”