The FCC has given the green light to the temporary six-month use of a quartet of UHF channels in Portland, Ore., to evaluate the performance of the “next-generation” ATSC 3.0 technical standard.
The experimental digital television facilities KORS-CD, KOXI-CD, KKEI-CD and KORK-CD — on Channels 16, 20, 35 and 38 in the market — will be used.
The request was made by WatchTV to learn more about the propagation characteristics of ATSC 3.0 in a geographic area where the terrain is more mountainous than the prior experiments. WatchTV also sought to explore the capacity of the ATSC 3.0 platform to deliver multiple data services along with television programming in multiple formats, and to determine the benefits of a multi-frequency network for multiplying the data capacity of ATSC 3.0.
Peter Tannenwald of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth is representing WatchTV.