IEEE BTS AND SBE PARTNER WITH ATSC TO EDUCATE INDUSTRY ABOUT NEXT GEN TV
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2018 – The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) and the Society of
Broadcast Engineers (SBE) are partnering with the Advanced Television Systems Committee
(ATSC) to help educate the industry on the implementation and benefits of Next Gen TV
powered by the new ATSC 3.0 standard.
SBE and ATSC announced the development of a new SBE ATSC 3.0 Specialist certification at the
2018 ATSC Next Gen TV Conference in Washington, DC, May 23. The new certification will
benchmark an individual's ATSC 3.0 standards proficiency. Now, together with BTS, SBE and
ATSC are announcing new opportunities for industry professionals to prepare for ATSC 3.0
BTS will be hosting ATSC 3.0 training classes to be taught by expert Gary Sgrignoli of Meintel,
Sgrignoli, and Wallace, the noted digital TV transmission consulting firm. The ATSC 3.0 courses
will be hosted at sites throughout the United States. This one-day course will cover the ATSC
3.0 transmission subsystem and prepare participants to take the ATSC 3.0 certification exam.
Course dates, locations and registration can be found on the Broadcast Technology Society web
SBE will begin a multi-part ATSC 3.0 webinar series this month. Module One, “Introduction to
ATSC 3.0,” will be held Sept. 12, presented by ATSC Technology Group 3 chair, Madeleine
Noland, Senior Advisor, Technology and Standards, at LG Electronics. Module Two, “Overview
of the Physical Layer,” will be held on Oct. 17, presented by Luke Fay, Senior Manager Technical
Standards, Sony Electronics. SBE will present additional ATSC 3.0 webinar modules throughout
2019. For dates and registration visit the SBE website www.sbe.org.
SBE has identified that the Certified Broadcast Networking Engineer (CBNE) certification will be
a recommended prerequisite for the ATSC 3.0 specialist certification. SBE stands ready to assist
students to complete this step while they take part in ATSC 3.0 educational training.
ATSC 3.0 represents the future of broadcast television. The next-gen broadcast TV system
allows broadcasters to provide new services to viewers. ATSC 3.0 provides a flexible and more
efficient physical layer, mobility, ultra-high definition and high dynamic range images, new
solutions for immersive and personalized audio, an all IP-based transport system, hybrid
broadcast/broadband services, advanced emergency advisories and incorporation of new user
technologies such as interactivity.
The ATSC 3.0 suite of standards has been released, and the FCC has approved the voluntary
implementation of Next Gen TV broadcasting using ATSC 3.0. A number of initial deployments
are underway to explore system performance and new opportunities for broadcasters,
manufacturers and viewers.
The Advanced Television Systems Committee is defining the future of television with the ATSC
3.0 next-generation broadcast standard. ATSC is an international, non-profit organization
developing voluntary standards for digital television. The ATSC’s 140-plus member
organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer
electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries. www.atsc.org.
The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society is a technical society and council dedicated toward
advancing Broadcast electrical and electronic engineering by maintaining scientific and
technical standards, as well as educating its members through various meetings, presentations,
events, conferences, and training programs bts.ieee.org.
The Society of Broadcast Engineers is the professional organization of television and radio
engineers and those in related fields. The SBE has more than 5,000 members in 114 chapters
across the United States and in Hong Kong. SBE offers the preeminent technical broadcast
certification program in the U.S. and an expansive list of educational programs for broadcast
engineers, operators, technicians, and broadcast IT professionals. www.sbe.org.