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Phoenix Will Be the First City to Offer 3.0 OTA

This week a collection of 10 Phoenix television stations announced plans to launch 3.0 TV. These stations include the local ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW, Telemundo, Univision, UniMas, and MyTV stations. Phoenix will, therefore, be the first city in the United States to offer 3.0 TV.

The plan is to have the 10 stations share broadcasts towers with some remaining at the current standard offering simulcasts of the 3.0 broadcast for older TVs. Other stations will offer broadcasts of the 3.0 standard. This way no one is forced to upgrade for an additional five years.

According to the report, the first broadcasts in 3.0 could come as early as spring 2018.

In South Korea 3.0 has already been available over the air with 4K broadcasts for some time. LG is selling their new 3.0 TVs in Korea and plans to bring these TVs to the United States.

You will need a new box to make 3.0 work, and according to reports 3.0 boxes are already in production and should be ready in time for the spring 2018 launch.

Source: TVTechnology

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6 Responses to Phoenix Will Be the First City to Offer 3.0 OTA

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    Deon Hamner November 20, 2017 at 8:18 am #

    Luke, is there an article about what is 3.0 OTA?

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      DesignatedJizTowel November 20, 2017 at 10:25 pm #

      If you go to the top of this page and do a search for 3.0, you will find several articles.

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    Cooper McChester November 20, 2017 at 9:32 am #

    Question for those of you who are more Techy than me. Do you hink companies like Tivo/Tablo will come out with DVRs that will allow us to get the 3.0 benefits without replacing my 4 TVs?

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      Todd November 20, 2017 at 10:22 am #

      Keep in mind, the chipsets and tuners required for ATSC 3.0 aren’t available in the U.S. yet, so no one is able to support it at the moment. That said, I couldn’t find any official statements from TiVo regarding ATSC 3.0, but I have to believe they are keeping an eye on it. As soon as it’s available, they would be stupid not to support it.

      As far as Tablo, here is an official statement I found from them:

      “Since ATSC 3.0 isn’t backwards compatible with current technology, your current Tablo OTA DVR won’t be able to receive these new signals. However, because today’s OTA broadcasts will be available until at least 2023, you’ll be able to continue enjoying Tablo for the next 6 years or longer.

      If you’re wondering when to expect an ATSC 3.0 Tablo, the answer is TBD.

      As we mentioned earlier, the chipsets and tuners we’d need to make an ATSC 3.0-ready Tablo OTA DVR aren’t even available yet. We’re obviously going to keep an eye on the rollout and if/when the technology exists and the market seems ready, we’ll get to work on it.”

      https://www.tablotv.com/blog/what-cord-cutters-need-know-about-atsc-3-part-2/

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        Cooper McChester November 20, 2017 at 10:27 am #

        Wow, ask a question and get a great and complete answer.. Thank you Todd

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          Todd November 20, 2017 at 10:33 am #

          My pleasure.