OMVC expands support for mobile DTV tests


The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) announced expanded support of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) for its mobile/handheld (M/H) standard-setting process. The ATSC M/H Standard will enable services to mobile and handheld devices by broadcast digital television (DTV) stations nationwide. Specifically, OMVC is committing funding, member station participation and manpower to the ATSC’s testing and evaluation of its candidate standard.

“Expanding our support for the ATSC’s important work is a reaffirmation of broadcasters’ deep and unwavering commitment to fielding outstanding mobile digital television services to consumers,” said Brandon Burgess, OMVC president. “We will work together swiftly and steadily to accelerate industry adoption of the ATSC M/H Standard and realize this untapped opportunity nationwide.”

The Coalition’s proposed support includes corroborative testing of the M/H physical layer; independent verification of the candidate standard; complete system validation; and on-air facility and interoperability testing. The OMVC previously participated in the collaborative Independent Demonstration of Viability (IDOV).