The just-concluded NAB Show New York proved to be a stand-out showcase for ATSC 3.0 — the next-generation broadcast TV system.
Among the companies showing off key tech at the Jacob Javits Center in midtown Manhattan are Triveni Digital and DS Broadcast.
Triveni Digital used the tech-focused conference to announce a new strategic partnership with Avateq, a company with expertise in signal analysis and RF layer monitoring for broadcast applications.
Avateq’s AVQ1020 ATSC 1.0 and AVQ1022 ATSC 3.0 ActiveCore RF layer monitoring receiver and signal analyzers will be rebranded under the Triveni Digital StreamScope product family as StreamScope XM RF.
Using the StreamScope XM RF in conjunction with Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM MT quality assurance and StreamScope EM-50 enterprise manager systems, broadcasters can proactively detect, isolate, and resolve problems that degrade broadcast services across any transmission layer, including RF, MPEG, and IP, in ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 architectures.
The companies also are planning to collaborate in the future on further integration with the StreamScope product family.
“Once the industry adopts the next-generation ATSC 3.0 broadcast television system, stations will have an opportunity to deliver new media types and services, resulting in increased monitoring and analysis requirements for quality assurance,” said Vladimir Anishchenko, Chief Technology Officer at Avateq. “Teaming up with Triveni Digital, we are able to provide broadcasters with a comprehensive solution for analyzing and monitoring ATSC 3.0 streams and data structures. We’re excited to work with Triveni Digital, a trusted test and measurement manufacturer, and expand Avateq’s marketing reach.”
Based on an ActiveCore platform, Avateq’s AVQ1020 and AVQ1022 systems are capable of monitoring and analyzing all major digital broadcasting standards including proprietary modulation schemes (e.g., ATSC 3.0 and ATSC 1.0). Easy to use and cost-effective, the systems provide broadcasters with the ideal solution for monitoring digital transmitter system performance.
Triveni Digital’s StreamScope XM MT is one of the industry’s first monitoring and analysis systems to support ATSC 3.0 candidate standards, making it practical for broadcasters to launch early deployments and trials of the new broadcast television system.
Connecting StreamScope XM MT and StreamScope XM RF to Triveni Digital’s StreamScope EM-50 enterprise manager streamlines service quality assurance operations while guaranteeing system-wide compliance with federal regulations, such as the U.S. CALM Act and closed-caption (CC) requirements across any network.
“Our transport stream monitors are the leading choice of broadcasters for improving quality assurance operations for MPEG and IP workflows,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and marketing at Triveni Digital. “Partnering with Avateq, a company with cost-effective, professional-grade RF monitoring solutions, further ensures that broadcasters transitioning to ATSC 3.0 are fully prepared to monitor service quality issues at each layer of the transmission. The result is better TV for viewers — now and in the new ATSC 3.0 era.”
A NEW DECODER FROM DS BROADCAST
Meanwhile, DS Broadcast is launching a new ATSC 3.0 decoder with both ROUTE (Real-Time Object Delivery over Unidirectional Transport) and MMTP (MPEG Media Transport) support. The BGD4100 Professional Decoder features decoding of UHD HEVC video with HDR support for SMPTE ST 2084 PQ and ITU-R BT 2100 HLG and audio support for AC-4, MPEG-H 3DA, and AAC.
“Designed to fit an existing 19-inch equipment rack, the DS Broadcast Professional Decoder includes a built-in video and audio monitoring system and is built around a dedicated 4K Ultra HD / HEVC System-On-Chip (SoC) decoder,” said Chris Lee, Director of Marketing & Sales of DS Broadcast.
The BGD4100 was developed to serve both U.S. and Korean broadcast markets.
The decoder is equipped with various inputs and outputs. The BGD4100 provides tuners for ATSC 3.0, ATSC (8VSB), Clear QAM (64/256) DVB-T/T2, DVB-S/S2 signals. It also includes ASI input/output ports as well as IP for the decoding of various types of video and audio. The decoder provides Quad 3G-SDI or Single Link 12G-SDI and HDMI 1.4/2.0a port as well as a built-in LCD monitor.
Delivery of the BGD4100 to broadcast customers is expected the first half of next year.