LTN Global, a Columbia, Md.-based media technology and video transport network solutions company, says that its transport service is being used for the first commercial deployment of ATSC 3.0 in the United States, in Las Vegas.
And, it has become the “preferred transport network partner” for ONE Media 3.0 and its parent.
That company? Sinclair Broadcast Group.
As previously reported by RBR+TVBR, NEXTGEN TV has been launched by four Las Vegas TV stations operated Sinclair and The E.W. Scripps Company. The country’s first multi-station commercial deployment of Next Gen TV is supported by LTN’s transport network. The low latency network is being used to repack channels to free up the spectrum that makes broadcasting both ATSC 3.0 together with the existing ATSC 1.0 standard possible.
“Next Gen TV promises to completely transform the broadcast market by providing a number of new business opportunities for broadcasters,” says Mark Aitken, Sinclair’s VP of Advanced Technology and ONE Media 3.0 President. “LTN’s intelligent transport network provides us with a backbone that allows us to seamlessly and reliably reroute TV and data services to free up the spectrum that made this deployment possible. LTN is already connected to hundreds of broadcast stations, making it easy to partner with in supporting future ATSC 3.0 rollouts across the country.”
At present, it is necessary for any TV market launching ATSC 3.0 to continue support of services with ATSC 1.0. Since the FCC granted no new spectrum for ATSC 3.0, the Las Vegas broadcast stations — as will all stations in the U.S. — needed to “repack” with spectrum sharing arrangements in order to have both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 running at the same time.
Sinclair’s affiliate for The CW Network in Las Vegas, KVCW-33, was converted to ATSC 3.0. It will broadcast all four station main feeds while the other three stations will continue to broadcast with ATSC 1.0 services for all four stations between them.
“The successful collaboration between these broadcast groups has brought Next Gen TV to Las Vegas, with LTN Global’s transport network integral to helping them achieve this historic milestone in broadcasting,” said Malik Khan, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of LTN Global. “With this deployment, audiences will soon enjoy more personalized and immersive viewing experiences, while broadcasters will profit from new revenue streams. We look forward to continuing to work with Sinclair and One Media to help bring this new era of television into all their markets.”