• NEXTGEN TV, ATSC 3.0 and CLOUD TO CABLE.

    Introduction 

    I will discuss what I learned about ATSC 3.0 at CES 2020.  Surprisingly, this technology compares and matches “Cloud to Cable” patents and claims. 

    ATSC 3.0 and NextGENTV were the main attractions at CES 2020. I attended CES 2020, and it was awesome, you can check out TECHEDTV for more videos .  CES stands for the “Consumer Electronics Show” and this show is held in Las Vegas, NV ( =from 7th January, 2020 to the 10th).

    Hence, for a few days, the “Las Vegas Convention Center” and other locations become a technology Mecca of the world.

    ATSC 3.0 and NextGENTV were notoriously important at CES 2020  Just last week, I visited several booths with 8K TVs and ATSC 3.0 receivers. The image quality is just amazing,  The NEXTGENTV’s or ATSC 3.0 standard is what powers this new experience.

    ATSC 1.0 is the first version of the technology that brought high-definition broadcasting. HD TV is done in 720p and in a few cases in 1080p formats, the old standard was implemented using a video encoding technique called MPEG-2 which is made by the Motion Pictures Expert Group or MPEG.

     

    In a way ATSC 3.0 is a major evolution from ATSC 1.0 to what is called today, as what ATSC 3.0 brings is, web apps over the air. Yes, you heard it, your television set will connect to an IP-based link over your rabbit ears at home and will then display web widgets, video, and audio at customization levels that have been unheard of today.

    ATSC 3.0 or NextGenTV fixes ancient broadcasting technology by:

    • Adding an IP-layer of broadcasting to your TV set, in other words, your TV will be connected to an internet link
    • Each stream will include customization for audio, videos or multiple video streams, and basically you will be able to see what the CBS Application will display in your iPad, but on your TV.
    • The Broadcasting platform renders all the web widgets, video, and audio in your television set.
    • The video quality will be in 4K, which is much higher than most HD TVs out there , and indeed better quality. The audio as well will include Dolby AC-4 that support surround sound and many other sophisticated features including multiple audio programs.

    In may ways ATSC 3.0 comes to compete with Cable TV and Satellite, and potentially with many “Over-the-Top” offerings, as you could in general also download customizable content to your TV using the broadband network.

    Protocol Stack of ATSC 3.0
    Source: https://www.atsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Fig3.jpg

    In summary, the figure above shows that the applications are written in  HTML5 and that all that  connects Video, Audio, or Close Captioned in multiple forms and is ready for broadcasting.  

    The MPEG or DASH, encodes the video audio and HTML, and uses MMTP and ROUTE protocols for an UDP multicast or unicast, as it can also service the same content using HTTP.

    MPEG or Multimedia Multiplexing Transport Protocol (MMTP) is a MPEG standard. It consists of Media Processing Units (MPUs) wrapping ISO Base Media File Format (BMFF) files with metadata for broadcast delivery.

    And ROUTE which is another protocol is defined as:

    ROUTE is Real-time Object delivery over Unidirectional Transport. It allows for a source and a repair stream in the ROUTE environment.

    Moreover, these two protocols offer a multicasting system for over-the-air broadcasting, which resembles what you see on Cable TV and Satellite systems. In deed, the ATSC 3.0 ‘specification includes and defines ways to use multicasting address as 239..*.*.*, that are out of the scope of this document.

     

    Cloud to Cable Patents and ATSC 3.0 or NextGenTV

    Interesting enough to say is that the US patents 10,123,074 and US Patents 10,524,002 cover all aspects of ATSC 3.0.

    As a consequence, I will not go into great deal but in comparison, we can review the specification of my patents and the claim language. As a rough summary:

    • ATSC 3.0 renders a webpage and creates temporal screens
    • ATSC 3.0 uses a multicast and unicast Transport to transmit the stream
    • Audio and video and html are all rendered simultaneously
    • ATSC 3.0 embeds metadata in the MMTP or MPEG stream
    • Encoders and software elements are embedded at the tower for broadcasting
    • Cloud to Cable renders a page and create temporal screens of he rendered pages.
    • Cloud to cable uses a multicast and unicast methods to transport the stream.
    • HTML, video, and audio are all rendered simultaneously
    • Cloud to Cable TV also does embeds metadata into the MPEG packet
    • Cloud to Cable TV places an appliance that broadcasts all signals to the clients

    Time needed: 2 hours and 30 minutes.

    How Cloud to Cable TV works

    1. TV Channels as Web Pages

      In ATSC 3.0 or NextGenTV, and on CloudtoCable TV, TV channels are web pages that are rendered and broadcasted as MPEG frames on multicast addresses or unicast addresses over HTTP.

    2. Broadcast and Unicast Streaming

      Broadcasting can be done to a Cable TV system or a broadcast station.

    I still do not know how ATSC 3.0 and Cloud to Cable TV will interact, however it is more than clear to me that:

    • Cloud to Cable is ready for ATSC 3.0 or NextGenTV
    • Cloud to Cable is more advanced than ATSC 3.0 as it also brings virtualization to the mix.
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    Increase Content Monetization Opportunities with Cable TV and Satellite Operators

    Cloud to cable brings your Music, TV & Video content to a different level, raising the value proposition to all your customers. Cloud to cable is the best way to “Amplify your reach®” and more importantly address millions of subscribers in Cable TV operators worldwide. Content monetization is easier with our platform.

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    Most of the streaming services now reside in the cloud and are not taking advantage of content monetization with Cable TV partners.

    Cloud to Cable connects multimedia services that reside in the cloud with IPTV or Cable TV operators and viceversa.

    Cloud to Cable TV effectivley opens markets for content monetization with traditional Cable TV systems covering 900M subscribers around the planet.

    Cloud to Cable TVenables quick and easy broadcasting of media content to massive systems found on Cable and Satellite Systems and all mobile and web platforms.

    Cloud to Cable is the true multi-platform experience to broadcast Music & TV channels to all platforms from mobile, to web, to IPTV, and to Cable and Satellite systems all in one-stop shop. Improving your chances of content monetization.

    Now with Cloud to Cable, any cloud-based streaming platform can be broadcasted and streamed to Cable TV & Satellite operators, opening more opportunities for monetization.

    All music and video content will also be available to mobile devices thru our mobile application. Broadcasting is easier in many ways that you never thought possible.

    Cloud to Cable TV is a true multi-platform technology that facilitates broadcasting and monetization to Music, TV, and video owners. We call this “multimevia” experience.

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    The content is delivered in a server or several virtual machine instances ready for broadcasting to all your customers and delivered using our Cloud to Cable technology. The server or virtual machines are pre-provisioned with the best music.

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    • Club music
    • Pop
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    A server is the best option for a cable operator as it is placed at the headend. You can find the specification ready to download in PDF at Music for Cable Appliance and for more musical line-up offerings, you can reach us at musicforcable.com 

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