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Old 05-29-2013, 07:42 PM
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Default New ATSC 3.0 tuners required in order to watch broadcast TV and another TV auction.

It looks like in the years to come everyone is going to need to purchase a new external or internal ATSC 3.0 tuner in order to watch local over the air broadcasts

It looks like we are going to lose some physical RF TV ATSC spectrum somewhere in the channel 2-51 range in the years to come (The ATSC 3.0 standard will increase virtual channels with the remaining TV spectrum, however new ATSC tuners will need to be purchased since ATSC 3.0 is not backwards compatible with existing ATSC tuners on the market). It was thought that ATSC 3.0 deployment might be 10 years away, however now ATSC 3.0 rollout might be much sooner than 5 years away and the TV spectrum auction could happen in 2014.

Some consumers will be upset with another TV transition and ATSC 3.0 deployment could be delayed. So ATSC 3.0 rollout still might be 10 years away. Instead the FCC could auction off TV spectrum and roll out ATSC 2.0 which is backwards compatible with existing equipment until people are ready for ATSC 3.0. Last time I checked the ATSC 3.0 standard was still in development. The more physical bandwidth that is auctioned off, the greater the demand for ATSC 3.0 will be since the codecs are much more efficient.

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“We’ve set a goal of adopting rules this year in holding the auctions in 2014 in order to meet a shortage [of] spectrum for wireless broadband that may appear as early as 2015,” Lake said. “We’re in full swing on that project and we think that those target dates are aggressive but doable.”

Lake, however, dashed hopes that rollout of the ATSC 3.0 standard might coincide with the Congressionally mandated TV spectrum auction and repacking of channels.”

During a Q&A session following Lake’s remarks, he was reminded that Congress had established a 10-year period for the next TV broadcasting “transition,” and was asked if wouldn’t make sense to expand the auction timeline to allow alignment with the ATSC 3.0 deployment.”

““Transitions are painful,” McCoskey said. “The repack is going to be a transition and it’s going to be a painful transition. They cost money, even if you’re reimbursed. And they cause confusion and there’s a cost to viewers as well. We don’t get a chance to do this very often. The concept of dropping backward compatibility is incredibly important to the transition. Ignore backward compatibility, but really focus on forward compatibility…. It also has to be about cost efficiency and operational efficiency.”‘aggressive-but-doable/219363

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Old 06-07-2013, 01:49 AM
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The FCC’s spectrum repack currently makes no provision for TV translators and low-power television stations, threatening the way rural TV viewers receive their OTA signal.”

“We believe that under the best of circumstances, some service is going to be lost, and if it isn’t the best of circumstances, quite a lot of service will be lost in rural areas,” he says.”

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