Cutting the Cord Understanding ATSC 3.0

Understanding ATSC 3.0 - New FCC Standard: Missing Broadcast TV Stations Need Fine Tuning

Category: Cutting the Cord

Posted: Oct 22, 2019 @ 13:00

There Are Important Changes to Your TV Viewing on the Horizon.
Remember the switch to digital broadcast TV and how confusing it was? Americans didn't know if they would have free local programming or if they would need to buy a converter box or new TV. In the end, it all worked out. This is kind of the same situation.

If you watch free local TV programming using an antenna, you may be experiencing some problems with channels not coming in anymore. Why? To free up the TV spectrum for new wireless, mobile broadband applications (e.g. 5G services), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided to auction off the spectrum to wireless companies and to repack and assign television stations to new channels. This transition is well underway and is called ATSC 3.0. ATSC 3.0 is the latest version of the ATSC standards for television broadcasting created by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC). Unlike the current standard, ATSC 3.0 makes use of both over-the-air signals and your in-home broadband to deliver an experience closer to cable or satellite.

This new ATSC 3.0 standard is gradually making its way across America and will finish July 2020. There is a silver lining! With ATSC 3.0, you will receive 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV, 4K High Definition Recording (HDR), video on demand, enhanced sound, and interactive content.

What's the Problem?
With TV stations being reassigned, your TV's tuner may not recognize the channel frequency of those TV stations. For most, the channel will not show any program information and remain black.

What Do You Need to Do?
You need to rescan your TV tuner so it can reset and receive these TV stations again. In some cases, your TV antenna may not be compatible and a new antenna may have to be purchased. The decision to purchase a new antenna depends on the city you live in and on the type of antenna you are using.

All Winegard indoor and outdoor HDTV digital antennas are ready to receive the ATSC 3.0 TV content and support various streaming devices.

Remember, this implementation of the new standard will be going on until next July, so this may be a process you will have to do more than once as the TV stations adjust to their new frequencies.

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TV station moves could impact 77 million Americans! Learn more about the realignment of the U.S. TV spectrum and the ATSC 3.0 rollout: