FCC TV Distributed Transmission System (DTS) Rules Go Into Effect

ATSC 3.0 offers stations the ability to provide a distributed transmission system (DTS).  In other words, stations employing this system can establish Single Frequency Networks.  A DTS system allows stations to employ several small transmitters throughout its market, as opposed to simply using on large powerful transmitter.  The system helps reception in areas that have terrain problems.  It also provides additional flexibility for providing content. According to a recent analysis by noted FCC attorney David Oxenford:

“New rules went into effect on May 24 that are designed to give broadcast TV stations greater flexibility in the placement of transmitters in Distributed Transmission Systems (DTS, also known as Single Frequency Networks).  DTS is seen as important as many stations convert to the ATSC 3.0 transmission standard.  For more on the new rules, see our blog article HERE.

While these rules have become effective, Microsoft has asked the FCC to reconsider them claiming, among other things, that the new rules harm the ability to deploy white space devices.  The FCC will be soliciting public comment on the Microsoft petition in the near future.”

We will be watching this proceeding closely.


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