USA chooses mobile DTV standard

20 Oct 2009

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has announced that it has approved the new A/153 ATSC Mobile DTV Standard for use in the USA, defining technical specifications for broadcasters planning to provide services to mobile and handheld devices using their digital television transmissions, the Digital TV Group reports. ATSC president, Mark Richer, said: ‘Development and adoption of the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard is a major milestone in the ongoing evolution of digital television.’ Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, added, ‘As a founding ATSC member, CEA congratulates ATSC on achieving this new standard, which will help chipmakers and equipment manufacturers proceed with product development and deployment. With the successful digital television transition now behind us, the ATSC Mobile DTV standard gives broadcasters an opportunity to provide consumers with the next generation of compelling over-the-air content.’ LG and Samsung have already announced plans to launch devices to utilise the new standard.