The Technical Committee Meeting Held during NAB2017

Las Vegas, April 26, 2017 – The FOBTV Technical Committee held its face-to-face meeting on April 26th in Las Vegas during the 2017 NAB Show. The meeting was chaired by Yiyan Wu, Chief Scientist from the Communications Research Centre, Canada (CRC, Canada)/Vice Chair of the Management Committee and Yao Wang, Vice President from National Engineering Research Center of Digital Television (NERC-DTV, China)/Chair of the Technical Committee, with participation by FOBTV TC Members from all around the world.

Dr. Rich Chernock, Chair of the Advanced Television System Committee (ATSC, United States) TG3 Technology Group gave an update on ATSC 3.0 standards and analyzed accessibility from the visually impaired and hearing impaired perspective, advanced emergency alerting, ATSC 3.0 security, and the high interest in 3.0 features.

Mr. Y. Homma, Vice Director General of ARIB, Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB, Japan), gave a presentation on the current activities of ARIB including practical 4K/8K broadcasting via BS broadcast satellite, and technical standards. The updated standards for the UHDTV digital satellite broadcasting system and updated standardization activities were introduced in detail.

Dr. Peter Siebert, Executive Director, Digital Video Broadcasting Project Office (DVB, European Union) gave a report on the current DVB activities including DVB UHD1-Phase 2, two solutions of DVB UHD HDR, the finalized study mission groups, XML based subtitles, bitmap based subtitles for UHD resolutions, new activity on DTT primary transport over DTH links, updating DVB DASH Profile and OTT Multicast aka ABR Multicast.

Yiyan Wu and Yao Wang jointly reported the updated status on FOBTV’s technical research including project selection and survey responses collection from November 2016 to April 2017. Emergency Alert and 5G Broadcast projects received strong support from members from North America, South America, Europe and Asia. 17 responses were collected in the first round.

TC-Emergency Alert project is co-chaired by Rich Chernock (ATSC, United States) and Kenichi Murayama (NHK, Japan). Experts from different regions made joint reports on the emergency alert project progress in respective regions including North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

ED Czarnecki, from Monroe Electronics Inc. reported on the public alert & warning in broadcast TV in the U.S., Canada and Caribbean including the current situation of EAS, the FCC’s rules and standards. He also reported on the proposal of Monroe Electronics about ATSC 3.0 Advanced Emergency Alerting based on an entirely new messaging format.

Heung Mook Kim, Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), presented the situations of Emergency Alert System (EAS) in Korea from the aspect of EAS on DMB, DTV and UHDTV.

Masayuki Sugawara, Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) reported on the EAS ecosystem, requirement and EAS examples using broadcasting in Japan.

Dazhi He from National Engineering Research Center of Digital Television (NERC-DTV) reported the current status of Emergency Broadcasting System in China, Guidance of EBS’s Standardization in China and NERC’s Candidate Solution of EBS.

Leonardo Chaves from TV Globo (Globo) reported the latest status of Emergency Alert broadcast situation and plan in Brazil.

TC-5G Broadcast project survey responses were collected and due to the limited time these results will be reported at the next meeting.