LG Electronics, Korean broadcasters demo ATSC 3.0 Standard

Staff writer
Future TV Asia

Korean broadcasters KBS and SBS have again joined forces with LG Electronics to demonstrate real-world implementation of next-generation broadcasting.

In the Korean broadcasting exhibit in the ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Pavilion at the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas, KBS and SBS showed how over-the-air ATSC 3.0 will deliver pristine 4K ultra HD pictures with four times the resolution of conventional HD – on LG 65-inch 4K TVs equipped with the world's first ATSC 3.0 demodulator/tuner chips.

"Korean terrestrial broadcasters including KBS are preparing to launch the commercial UHD broadcasts with advanced services, including electronic service guides, emergency alerts and video-on-demand, by February 2017," said Byeong-Ryeol Park, technology executive managing director at KBS. “Our collaboration with LG at the NAB Show demonstrates our unique UHD service in the US for the first time.”

Combining broadcasting and broadband for the first time, ATSC 3.0 represents the world's first Internet Protocol (IP) based broadcasting system. The KBS-SBS-LG demonstrations include next-generation IP technologies based on the DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) streaming media format and ROUTE (Real-Time Object Delivery Over Unidirectional Transport) IP delivery protocol.

The demonstrations build on the success of real-world 4K ATSC 3.0 broadcast field tests in Korea.  Two weeks prior, LG and KBS showed for the first time in the world the superiority of the DASH/ROUTE IP technologies in delivering advanced emergency alerting and electronic service guide data in an end-to-end live terrestrial broadcast.

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