UHD SPRING 2018 UHD Special Spring 2018 - Page 8

Canal+ selects NAGRA for 4K offering N AGRA Connect is securing Canal+ Group’s new 4K service. With this solution, NAGRA ensures content protection via satellite broadcast, OTT, or within the home, in addition to access control for users authorised by Canal+. The new service delivers a variety of 4K content to Canal+ viewers via satellite broadcast as well as via OTT to multiple devices using the operator’s new G9 set-top box. It also brings a number of new benefits and features to consumers including premium TV in every room, improved performance and stability in the user experience, the availability of live and recorded services on other devices via WiFi into the home. “We are very excited to bring this new service to our viewers and deliver a world of high-quality content in amazing 4K Ultra HD that they can enjoy across devices,” said Philippe Rivas, CTO, distribution, at Canal+ Group. “What’s more, by deploying NAGRA Connect to secure our newest service, we are able to seamlessly deploy one solution on multiple networks while meeting the security requirements for high-value content.” “With this latest launch, Canal+ continues to raise the bar in pay-TV entertainment and the delivery of next generation content and services,” said Thierry Legrand, SVP sales EMEA at NAGRA. “NAGRA Connect is our flagship content protection solution for connected networks and hybrid environments and designed for the multi-network, multi- device, multi-use case reality of today’s most advanced pay-TV operators, while reducing complexity and cost.” LG confirms ATSC 3.0 Korea 4K TVs LG Electronics, co-developer of the ATSC 3.0 next- generation television broadcast standard, has confirmed that all LG 4K Ultra HD TVs now on the market in South Korea already incorporate ATSC 3.0 tuning circuitry. At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, where the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) officially released the new suite of standards, LG announced plans to support broadcast trials and early deployment testing in the United States during 2018. Korea adopted the Next Gen TV standard in 2017 and leading broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS launched ATSC 3.0 broadcasting in advance of 4K UHD transmission of next month’s 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Since last autumn, all new LG 4K UHD TVs and most new LG smart TVs sold in Korea have included dual ATSC 3.0-ATSC 1.0 tuner chips. To support initial US Next Gen TV broadcast deployments, LG said it will leverage its marketplace experience from the launch of Next Gen TV in Korea and its technical expertise as co-developer of ATSC 3.0, which has been hailed as the world’s first Internet Protocol- based TV broadcast system. The US Federal Communications Commission approved key elements of the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard in November 2017 for voluntary implementation of Next Gen TV. “The flexible, extensible new ATSC 3.0 standard will unleash an innovation revolution, marrying broadband and broadcasting to deliver a range of new services for 8 ADVANCED TELEVISION consumers in Korea, the US and around the world,” said Dr. Jong G. Kim, SVP in the Office of the CTO, LG Electronics. Technologies developed by LG, along with Zenith, its U.S. R&D subsidiary, are included in all three major layers of the ATSC 3.0 standard, explained Kim, who also serves as President of the Zenith R&D Lab. LG contributions are in the majority of the A/322 Physical Layer Standard adopted by the FCC, including the scrambler, forward error correction, bit interleaver, mapper, time interleaver, OFDM framer, frequency interleaver, pilots, reserved tones, and guard interval functions. Expected to redefine TV broadcasting for decades to come, the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard is designed to deliver 4K Ultra HD and immersive audio, robust reception on mobile devices and improved spectrum efficiency. The increased payload capacity of the physical layer combined with HEVC encoding will allow broadcasters more options for expanding their broadcast service offerings, including business-to-business opportunities in new markets such as the automotive segment. Development of ATSC 3.0 technologies represents the latest digital television innovations by LG and Zenith, long-time supporters of US terrestrial broadcasting, including the A/153 Mobile Digital TV Standard adopted by the industry in 2009. Zenith developed the core transmission system at the heart of today’s ATSC 1.0 A/53 Digital Television Standard, approved by the FCC two decades ago.