FCC Adopts ATSC 3.0 Next-Gen TV Standard Rulemaking

Posted on February 24th, 2017 by

The FCC has adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on whether the FCC should authorize television stations, on a voluntary basis, to use ATSC 3.0, the next generation TV transmission standard. The new standard will allow ultra-high definition video, immersive audio and content personalization, and will apparently have improved reception on mobile devices and television receivers without outdoor antennas. The action comes almost a year after a petition seeking authority for use of ATSC 3.0 was filed. The previous administration had not moved forward with considering the petition.

At the time we went to press with this newsletter, the FCC’s order had not yet been issued. Check the FCC’s website for comment deadlines. Comments can be filed electronically using the FCC’s electronic comment filing system.