October 2, 2013

An innovative new television transmission system, with breakthrough technologies that significantly enhance broadcasting performance and flexibility, has been proposed to the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) as the “physical layer” for the emerging ATSC 3.0 standard.

The “FUTURECAST Universal Terrestrial Broadcasting (UTB) System” – proposed by LG Electronics, its U.S. R&D subsidiary Zenith, and Harris Broadcast – was developed as the foundation of next-generation terrestrial broadcasting in the United States and around the world.

Speaking on behalf of the co-developers of the FUTURECAST Universal Terrestrial Broadcasting System, Dr. Skott Ahn, President and Chief Technology Officer, LG Electronics Inc., said, “Future television broadcast standards will require blazing new trails in many areas, starting with a transmission system that’s powerful, spectrum efficient, robust, flexible and extensible. That’s what our joint system proposal is all about. In a word, FUTURECAST.”

In addition to significantly increased data capacity and improved robustness, the FUTURECAST UTB System includes state-of-the-art error correction coding and signal constellations. The system’s optimized pilot patterns promise enhanced performance over traditional OFDM modulation approaches.

Designed for easy extension to various current and future transport formats, the FUTURECAST Universal Terrestrial Broadcasting System optimizes efficiency for the most-used data formats (Internet Protocol, Transport Stream) via customized stream compression.

The system supports single-frequency networks and/or multiple transmitters, and its use of a single RF transmission’s flexible physical layer profile assures optimum quality of service. The extensible new system is designed to support evolution to future broadcast systems even beyond ATSC 3.0.

In their comprehensive, 250-page technical proposal to the ATSC, LG Electronics, Zenith and Harris broadcast detailed the core technologies that will create the optimum transmission solution for next-generation TV broadcast systems.

Expected to redefine TV broadcasting for decades to come, the overall next-generation broadcast television system will require higher capacity to deliver Ultra-High-Definition services, robust reception on mobile devices and improved spectrum efficiency, according to the ATSC.

The FUTURECAST Universal Terrestrial Broadcasting System, which meets those goals and more, is the latest collaboration among LG, Zenith and Harris Broadcast, co-inventors of the transmission system behind the ATSC A/153 Mobile Digital TV Standard, adopted by the industry in 2009. Zenith invented the core transmission system at the heart of the ATSC A/53 Digital Television Standard, approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 1996.

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Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.