What is ATSC 3.0?

Free TV is in for some big changes
Cord cutters should be the most excited

Free 4K signals over-the-air

Compatible devices could start rolling out as early as fourth quarter of this year. One catch: ATSC 3.0 not backward compatible, so the TV set you now own won’t work with the new standard unless it has a ATSC 3.0 tuner.

ATSC 3.0 is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based Over-the-Air (OTA) TV broadcast system that combines broadcasting and broadband internet.  The target date for ATSC 3.0 was by the end of the second quarter of 2017.  Most elements of ATSC 3.0 have been completed and implementation has already started.

Sinclair Broadcast And Nexstar Media Announce Agreement On Market Transition From ATSC 1.0 To ATSC 3.0 “NextGen” Services (prnewswire)

  • ATSC 3.0 will be a hybrid television delivery system
  • New system that will merge the capabilities of OTA broadcasting with the internet.

More info:

  • ATSC 3.0: What you need to know about the future of broadcast television (CNET)

  • What Cord Cutters Need to Know About ATSC 3.0 (Tablo)