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Samsung UHD Broadcasting Tech Adopted as Standard in North America
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Samsung UHD Broadcasting Tech Adopted as Standard in North America
  • By Cho Jin-young
  • May 11, 2015, 03:15
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Samsung's JS9000 SUHD TV.
Samsung's JS9000 SUHD TV.


UHD broadcasting technology led by Samsung Electronics will be used as a method for digital broadcasting in North America.

Samsung announced on May 10 that its physical layer bootstrapping protocol for UHD broadcasting used in North America was adopted as an ATSC 3.0 Candidate Standard.

The bootstrapping protocol is technology needed for digital TVs to receive signals transmitted by broadcasting companies. ATSC 3.0 is a method to transmit signals for digital TVs used in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Therefore, Samsung's bootstrap standard is scheduled to be used for UHD broadcasting in the entirety of North America.

Samsung made the bootstrap standard in partnership with One Media, a subsidiary of Sinclair Broadcast Group. In January of this year, the standard was unanimously adopted by U.S. broadcasters including the U.S. television broadcast group known as Pearl. This time, Samsung's standard was approved as the first one, following ATSC member companies' voting.

Starting with the approved bootstrap standard, full ATSC 3.0 standards such as the ATSC 3.0 physical layer, transport layer, and applied layer standards like codecs are going to be tentatively approved by the end of this year. After putting together each tentative standard, final standards will be created in early 2016.

Samsung believes that it has taken one step forward in its efforts to dominate the standards for UHD broadcasting technology as a result.