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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Anyone working on ATSC 3.0 enc/dec?

From: Colby Boyer
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Anyone working on ATSC 3.0 enc/dec?
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:20:23 -0800

Thanks for response Tom and Ron.

I'll take a crack at improving the ATSC decoder efficiency first, just
to get my feet wet with GNURadio again. Tom, are there test vectors
available for the ATSC 1.0 decoder?

Whether or not ATSC 3.0 will ever be a thing... I agree with what Ron
has said, and I don't know if it will ever succeed. But with that
said, ATSC 3.0 has a better chance in existing in NA as opposed to


On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 5:01 PM, Ron Economos <address@hidden> wrote:
> ATSC 3.0 is very much like DVB-T2, so at least for the transmitter, you can
> use many of the DVB-T2 blocks in gr-dtv as a starting point for your
> development.
> I'm definitely in wait and see mode on this standard. This is pure
> speculation, but I have a feeling that ATSC 3.0 may never see the light of
> day. Some reasons are:
> 1) There will be no second channel and no government funded converter box
> program like the analog to digital (ATSC 1.0) transition. Unless the FCC
> mandates that all TV's must have an ATSC 3.0 tuner and until these TV's
> penetrate the market, no station is going to switch over.
> 2) If the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction is successful, then there may
> be large number of TV stations that will need to change frequency after the
> repack. There will be some government financial relief, but it's likely not
> to be nearly enough. After spending large sums of money getting on a new
> channel, TV stations may not be too keen to spend more money on ATSC 3.0
> equipment.
> 3) One of the main features of ATSC 3.0 is mobile TV. But mobile TV has
> failed over and over again. The primary reason is that no cell phone
> provider will put a mobile TV receiver in a handset. Without some "killer
> app", ATSC 3.0 doesn't provide enough incentive to upgrade.
> But I could be wrong. :-)
> Ron
> On 12/27/2015 11:26 PM, Colby Boyer wrote:
>> Hi GNURadio folks,
>> Some portions of the candidate standard for ATSC 3.0 have been posted
>> to the ATSC website (http://atsc.org/standards/candidate-standards/),
>> and specifically the PHY/bootstrap sections are now available.
>> As far as I know there is no one working on a GNURadio version, but I
>> thought it would be worth while to check for collaborators before
>> venturing out.
>> Note, this would be a personal project for me not for a dissertation or
>> work.
>> Thanks,
>> Colby
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