NAB: No More Burdens For Next-Gen TV


NAB / National Association of Broadcasters

The FCC’s February Open Meeting, set for Thursday, has emerged as a virtual boxing ring that pits the American Cable Association (ACA) and a group of eight independent programmers against the NAB on one of the most important issues to face the TV industry in years.

With just days remaining, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Mignon Clyburn are likely formulating their opinions and preliminary voting decisions on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes to let television broadcasters use the “Next Generation” broadcast television transmission standard associated with recent work of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC 3.0) on a voluntary, market-driven basis.

As far as the NAB is concerned, the requests by the ACA and the independent broadcasters urging the Commission to examine capacity issues closely as it considers rules governing the proposed ATSC 3.0 transition “impose additional regulatory burdens” on its deployment.

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