By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 4-20-22

Pearl TV, the consortium of TV stations advancing NextGen TV, took aim at cable operators in a meeting with FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington.

That is according to a Federal Communications Commission document on the meeting.

Pearl TV was pitching a National Association of Broadcasters petition to clarify the application of the FCC’s ATSC 3.0 (NextGen TV) rules to multicast streams.  Those are the extra channels broadcasters got in the switch to digital.

“The proceeding is a narrow, technical one that clarifies broadcasters can partner with each other to enable hosting of multicast streams (as only primary streams are addressed in the current ATSC 3.0 rules), and that multicast streams can be transmitted in either ATSC 1.0 or ATSC 3.0, without a simulcast requirement,” Pearl TV said.  » Read More