Rennes (France), September 06, 2017 – TeamCast, the world-renowned leader in digital modulation technologies for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), Wireless Transmission and Satellite Applications, announce they have provided VORTEX II ATSC 3.0 exciters to WatchTV, Portland (Oregon).
Broadcaster WatchTV has been granted an experimental license by the FCC to begin broadcasting in ATSC 3.0 on 4 of their 5 Class A stations in the Portland market. They have also been granted permission to build and operate 8 “Gap Fillers” from two different locations.
Their intent is to conduct tests of ATSC 3.0 format, multi-frequency network testing including channel bonding, as well as SFN testing on all four channels with the above mentioned gap filler sites.
WatchTV wants to learn more about the propagation characteristics of ATSC 3.0 in a geographic area where the terrain is more mountainous than in the prior experiments; to explore the capacity of the ATSC 3.0 platform to deliver multiple data services along with television programming in multiple formats; to determine the benefits of a multifrequency network for multiplying the data capacity of ATSC 3.0; and to explore the robustness and capabilities of a multifrequency system to deliver video and other content to mobile receivers.
“We are proud to be involved in this new field experiment of the ATSC 3.0 system in US. Thanks to our background in upgrading existing transmitters we were in very good position to support Jess for this project. Vortex II comes as the ideal solution to convert any ATSC 1.0 to ATSC 3.0 transmitter and we are ready to support US for being prepare for this revolution!” says Eric Pinson, head of Business Unit at TeamCast.
The VORTEX exciters used in the Portland test are shown at IBC 2017 on TeamCast’s stand #2.B51.
TeamCast has been shortlisted for the IBC 2017 Innovation Awards in the Content Distribution category, for its contribution to the Next Generation Broadcast Architecture Project deployed in the USA by Sinclair Broadcast Group, with support from ONE Media.