ATSC 3.0 Classes @ TechCon 2019

Saturday, April 6, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Details and registration links for the two distinct SBE and IEEE/BTS classes below.

Launching NextGen Broadcast:
An SBE Tutorial at PBS TechCon 2019

Online registration is now open for this session at Registration closes April 1 or when class is full.

Launching ATSC 3.0 - NextGen Broadcast, an SBE Tutorial at 2019 PBS TechCon

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) has joined with PBS TechCon to provide a full-day, broadcast technology tutorial on ATSC 3.0 - NextGen Broadcast. Join us Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel. Tacked on to the end of the TechCon conference, the program is open to everyone. It’s affordable: $95 for SBE members and employees of PBS member stations; $145 for non-members, and includes lunch. Online registration is now open for this session at

In nine sections, we will cover everything from regulations and the physical layer to how to convert your transmitter and proof it. We’ll also do some practical things, like show you what receivers, dongles, displays and test and measurement tools there are out there and how to use them.

SBE at PBS TechCon ATSC 3.0 Tutorial Program
3.0 Physical layer
Compression &Video Quality Measurements
Transmitter Conversion
Monitoring and Display
NextGen Station
Next Steps

Over the last two decades, there have been maybe three curricula that stood out as having been essential. The series at the dawn of IP, DTV, and big-storage come to mind. I think this is rather likely to be the fourth essential program. With some twenty TV stations transitioning to ATSC 3.0 in the next year, NextGen Broadcast is about to become very real. The thing about NextGen is that it has a lot of pieces, and there is a fair amount of engineering work that needs to be done. More importantly, you are likely to be asked to explain the what, why and when of this transition to the people you work with and beyond.

The presenters list is a who’s who of NextGen Broadcast development. The list includes: Luke Fay, Madeline Noland, Jerry Fritz, Blake Homan, Jim Dechant, Mark Corl, Azita Manson, Doug Lung, Joe Seccia, Tom Barbeau, Richard Lhermette, Sang Jin Yoo, Myra Moore, Bonnie Beeman, John Casey, Merrill Weiss, and more.

Make plans (even change your plans!) to be sure you can attend this important event. This will be the most comprehensive tutorial presented anywhere on ATSC 3.0 NextGen Broadcast to date. Register online at the SBE website.

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society
ATSC 3.0 Roadshow

Enrollment is limited, so please Register Soon!
Lunch will be provided.

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society will be hosting the ATSC 3 Roadshow at locations throughout the United States. BTS will be hosting the one-day course on the new ATSC 3 digital television (DTV) transmission system, taught by expert Gary Sgrignoli of Meintel, Sgrignoli, and Wallace, the noted digital TV transmission consulting firm.

This course will develop an understanding of the ATSC 3 digital transmission system's Physical Layer, provide attendees with practical application ideas and the progress of the spectrum repack and ATSC 3 deployment. Attending the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society's ATSC 3 Roadshow will earn attendees SBE credit towards re-certification and can facilitate preparation for the upcoming SBE ATSC 3 Specialist Certification exam.

Course Outline:

1. ATSC 3 System Overview
-Performance Benefits
-Flexibility and Extensibility
-Key State-of-the-Art Technologies and Applications

2. Generic Data Transmission Fundamentals Review

3. ATSC 3 Digital Transmission System: Physical Layer Details
-System Architecture
-Data Signal Formats
-Physical Layer Pipe (PLP) Data Streams
-Data Frame Structure and Configurations
-Forward Error Correction, Interleaving, & Constellations
-OFDM Modulation, Pilots, and Guard Intervals
-Expected Performance and Data Capacity versus Robustness Tradeoffs
-Applications such as Fixed, Handheld, and Mobile

4. Optional ATSC 3 Technologies Available
-Transmitter & Channel Response Identification
-Single Frequency Networks
-MISO, Channel Bonding

5. Recommended Practices: Mod-Cod Parameter Selection Considerations

6. Preliminary Laboratory & Field Performance Results

7. Examples of Transmission Parameters for Possible Deployment Scenarios

Time for Q and A will not only be allowed, but encouraged throughout the day. In-depth seminar notes will be available for download to all registered attendees in addition to a short written summary of key system information.

Enrollment is limited, so please Register Soon!
Lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in sponsoring the ATSC 3 Roadshow please contact Margaux Toral, Society Promotions & Markteting Manager,