Next Generation TV FNPRM Comment Dates Set

Posted on July 28th, 2022 by

The FCC has now set comment deadlines for its Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the current state of the voluntary Next Generation Television transition, and the scheduled sunset of two related 2017 rules.  Initial comments must be filed by August 8, 2022 with reply comments due by September 6, 2022.

Next Gen TV uses the ATSC 3.0 transmission standard that introduces broadband-type capabilities for delivery of video and data content and a better viewing experience.  In 2017 the FCC adopted rules allowing the voluntary transition to the new standard, but with some caveats such as requiring that a simulcast ATSC 1.0 standard video signal remain simultaneously available to viewers in the market so no one lost programming if they did not have an ATSC 3.0 reception device.  This rulemaking does not remove the 1.0 signal requirement, but instead asks whether the rule requiring that the 1.0 signal must still be substantially similar to the 3.0 programming stream.

In addition, the FCC wants input on the scheduled 2023 sunset of the requirement that a Next Gen TV station comply with a published ATSC A/322 technical standard.

We are closely watching this proceeding because the information submitted in the comments will give a snapshot of the current ATSC 3.0 market.  That data, and the FCC’s response, may have a significant impact on the further deployment and viability of Next Gen TV.