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Would Sharing with Others Create More Video Bandwidth?

We may no longer be sure what is being referred to when we say “TV,” but whatever it is, we watch a lot of it. Depending upon the poll and the region, data indicate that adults spend, on average, anywhere from 3 to 9 hours a day watching “It” on screens of all types. Along […]

ATSC 3.0: The Secret to Success May Not be Technical

Now that the ATSC 3.0 standard is finalized and South Korean broadcasters gave the next-generation system its inaugural run at the recently concluded 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, what’s next? Now, planning and testing in the U.S. is underway, with select broadcasters and industry participants refining their strategies for technical, structural and business plans. […]

Hungry Mobile Video: Will Next-Generation TV Feed the Beast?

Bandwidth-hungry video is viewed as an insatiable beast by those who are delivering it over crowded networks. Better compression and mobile network advances have relieved some congestion but the flames of UHD and virtual reality are licking at the heels of cellular networks. TV broadcasters think they can help relieve some of that congestion with […]

Terrestrial TV Still in the Picture

Worldwide Over-the-Air (OTA) TV broadcasters have been taking it on the chin the last few years as a significant amount of TV broadcast spectrum has been reallocated for mobile broadband services. The chipping away of broadcasters’ spectral real estate slowed down momentarily when the ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) recently decided to keep the status […]

More Meat, Less Sizzle: Hybrid Device Developments at CES

4K displays absorbed much of the virtual ink at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show.  This is a somewhat curious choice given the “turned upside down world” of how content travels to those and all other screens.  The change in content travel plans may not be as immediately eye-popping as a large flat-screen TV displaying an […]

A Radical Change Coming for the Broadcast Industry?

There’s nothing like a crisis to move a group into action. At two recent broadcast conferences — DVB World (last month) and NAB (April 8-11) – there was, for the first time, a sense of urgency among a growing faction of traditional broadcasters to adopt radical business and technology changes. The message was clear: Without […]

DVB-T2 At a Glance

How do broadcasters keep up with the rapid-fire changes in media delivery?  Many are adopting or rolling out the next generation of the most widely adopted digital terrestrial TV (DTT) standard – DVB-T.  The DVB-T2 standard has established itself as the most efficient DTT standard, which greatly improves power consumption and spectrum use.  Broadcasters will […]

Can Terrestrial TV Go Over the Top?

Terrestrial TV isn’t the most exciting technology in the world, but it is one that enjoys broad government support. And with the increasing penetration of broadband Internet (both wired and wireless), perhaps some cyber cachet can finally rub off on over-the-air broadcasts. A startup called Aereo has made a first pass at this, delivering terrestrial […]