If you’ve ever been curious about some of the tech involved with getting a TV station up and running with the new ATSC 3.0 standard, Triveni Digital shared a few details about some of its equipment being used in Portland’s transition.
In particular, Triveni Digital touted the use of its gear at Meredith-owned KPTV and KPDX, both of which serve the Portland, Oregon, area. Earlier this year, Meredith, Nexstar, Sinclair, and Tegna announced plans to launch ATSC 3.0 in Portland through their respective stations.
Like the recent Las Vegas launch of ATSC 3.0, the different broadcasting groups are collaborating to get their next-gen signals up and running. Part of the plan includes using Meredith’s KPDX and Nexstar’s KRCW as “host stations” — with KDPX also broadcasting KPTV and Tegna’s KGW, and KRCW also broadcasting Nextstar’s KOIN and Sinclair’s KATU.
Where Triveni Digital comes in is on the hardware and software side of things. The company says Meredith is leveraging a suite of equipment, including its ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway scheduler, and its Guidebuilder XM ATSC 3.0 Transport Encoder. The latter, as its name might suggest, focuses on ATSC 3.0 content, but the company says it also handles older ATSC 1.0 broadcasts as well. That support is crucial for the ongoing ATSC 3.0 rollout, since a key requirement for broadcasters is to maintain ATSC 1.0 signals for five years after they flip the switch on the new standard.
“Delivering a high-quality television experience to viewers is of the utmost importance as we embrace this new broadcast television world, which offers interactive program enhancements, innovative service guides and many more benefits,” Tom Casey, Meredith’s vice president of technology, said in a press release.
We’ll continue to monitor ATSC 3.0’s rollout in Portland and other key markets around the country as the year progresses.
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