July 28, 2022

Summer Digest: Best of Broadcast

In the next installment of our summer digest where we round up some of the best articles and blogs over the last 12 months, we look to our broadcast team. It is an exciting time in the broadcast space with ATSC3.0 beginning to take shape along with a buildup in the noise surrounding 5G broadcast. With this in mind, Nick Wymant Global Product Manager – Broadcast gives his top picks.

Nick Wymant, Global Product Manager Broadcast

A guide to investing in ATSC 3.0 

The ATSC3.0 rollout is picking up momentum and it is certainly going to be a priority for broadcasters over the next 18 months. The new standard of course requires new equipment and only a couple of years after the repack and its associated costs, it is vital to ensure that any investment in new hardware drives returns. This guide looked at how to build the necessary ATSC3.0 ready infrastructure and the do’s and don’ts for procurement teams. 

Getting One World Trade NextGen TV ready 

One of our most exciting deployments over the past 12 months has been the expansion of the deployment atop One World Trade. Not only are we thrilled to see RFS equipment sitting on one of the most iconic buildings in the world, the deployment also sees a step towards ATSC3.0. The equipment is being used to serve 7.45 million households across the entire New York city area and will enable streaming to mobile devices and additional Next-Gen TV benefits in the future. 

Trialing the future of broadcast 

This article looked at some of the work RFS has been undertaking with broadcast trials in Brazil. The trials are comparing different types of orthogonal polarization MIMO transmission across four different broadcast standards. Read more about how the technology is not only helping to inform the future of broadcasting by allowing precise, direct comparison within the trials, but also demonstrating what the equipment may need to deliver when we reach the stage of real-world deployments. 

State of Arkansas PBS 

This case study was a highlight for a number of reasons. It had to be a very quick roll out due to the urgent need to reach as many students as possible with Arkansas PBS’s Alternative Method of Education (AMI) initiative, which created a state-wide broadcast school environment for students K-12, as a vital service that needed to reach every student in the state. The project moved state-wide coverage from 76% to almost 100% filling in coverage gaps while also futureproofing with ATSC3.0 ready equipment. 

Bringing ATSC3.0 to Chicago

As part of our ongoing efforts to assist broadcasters in the move to ATSC3.0 in the US, we worked to deploy RFS equipment on an iconic building within the Chicago skyline. The new RFS broadband antenna will allow continuous broadcast transmission, with future proofing to ensure the equipment can adapt to deliver ATSC 3.0 standards and 5G broadcasting as television continues to evolve. 

About the author

Nick Wymant

Global Product Manager Broadcast