Boston’s first Next Gen TV channel goes live
WCRN TV 31 Boston launched the region’s first ATSC 3.0/Next Gen TV platform. The ATSC 3.0 datacast and NextGen TV/Radio technical platform is based on Internet Protocol (IP), turning TVs into web browsers. The service will also offer unlimited encrypted data streaming services to businesses and first responders.
“NextGen TV is just one tool in the ATSC 3.0 toolkit. With the IP protocol, broadcasters can now stream public or encrypted video, audio (including radio stations) and data streaming,” said Frank Copsidas, CEO of WCRN. “A broadcaster’s ATSC 3.0 signal can now be split into different delivery channels, each with a unique IP delivery protocol for a particular use. It is a new alternative with unique qualities for several encrypted data delivery services, depending on the needs of the end user, whether it is a first responder, distance learning, of a signage or a delivery truck.
On the technical side, a joint project between Ateme, a global supplier of video compression and broadcasting solutions, for the encoder and Enensys Signaling Server (Mediacast) and Broadcast Gateway (SmartGate), global designers and manufacturers of solutions for the broadcast industry for the gateway are deploying a new product using WCRN for field testing. This ATSC 3.0 product is a work in progress and WCRN is using its platform to develop uses.
WCRN is working with Hudson, Massachusetts-based West Pond Technologies, a data broadcast specialist, to develop ATSC 3.0 signal use cases, from first responders to educational needs, from data transfer to delivery vehicles such as Fedex, to updating digital signage. .
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with WCRN, field test our innovative products and develop new uses in our Boston home market,” said Steve Hastings, president of West Pond Technologies.
Peter Saad, Executive Director of the LPTV (Local Power TV) Broadcasters’ Association, added, “We are thrilled to have WCRN in Boston join 10 other members of our association in launching this cutting-edge technology. The broadcast business is transitioning from a programming delivery platform to a data delivery service, given the ATSC 3.0 IP platform. With internet data demand expected to double every year for the next five years, UHF Spectrum is a beachfront property and there is only a limited amount available. It is currently the most undervalued asset in the data delivery space.
ATSC and Broadcast Datacasting are gaining ground in the United States. The technology has been deployed by educational institutions across the United States during the pandemic to deliver classroom instruction via encrypted delivery. First responders see the benefit of encrypted broadcasting, providing a proven and stable platform, turning a dispatch center into a TV control room. On July 4, encrypted video was deployed for several first responder groups in Washington DC.
Hyundai Mobis announced that a full ATSC 3.0 entertainment system will be installed in two 2023 car models. While the entertainment system will provide live TV and an additional option to stream radio stations, software and entertainment systems Car navigation can be updated by data streaming, which saves car manufacturers on update costs.