Recommended Practices

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This ATSC Recommended Practice describes methods for testing, monitoring, and measurement of the transmission subsystem intended for use in the digital television (DTV) system adopted as the U.S. Standard by the Federal Communications Commission. Both 8-VSB and 16-VSB are described in this document. Reaffirmed 11 December 2014

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This document provides a set of guidelines for the use and implementation of the ATSC Program and System Information Protocol. The information contained herein applies to broadcasters, network operators, infrastructure manufacturers, and receiver manufacturers.

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This Recommended Practice addresses the front-end portion of a receiver of digital terrestrial television broadcasts. The recommended performance guidelines enumerated in this document are intended to assure that reliable reception will be achieved. Guidelines for interference rejection are based on the FCC planning factors that were used to analyze coverage and interference for the initial […]

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This document presents the objectives of, and general methodology for conducting field tests of over-the-air terrestrial digital television (DTV) systems. The scope of the work includes reception, demodulation, and recovery of the transmitted data. The scope of the work herein is not concerned with the decoded data or analog signals except when these signals are […]

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This Recommended Practice provides a common methodology for describing Transport Stream conformance criteria. This RP explicitly describes the elements and parameters of A/53 and A/65 that should be verified in an ATSC Transport Stream for it to be considered a proper emission. It does not cover RF, captioning, or elementary streams.

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This Recommended Practice provides guidance to broadcasters and other creators of ATSC high-definition (HD) or standard-definition (SD) content and to the operators of Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD) systems (such as cable or direct to home satellite). It recommends the equipment capabilities needed to provide the highest quality programming to viewers who only receive NTSC […]

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This Recommended Practice provides guidance to broadcasters and creators of audio for high-definition (HD) or standard-definition (SD) television content. It recommends production, distribution, and transmission practices needed to provide the highest quality audio soundtracks to the digital television audience. This RP focuses on audio measurement, production, and postproduction monitoring techniques, and methods to effectively control […]

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This document provides a set of guidelines for the use and implementation of the ATSC Data Broadcast Standard. As such, they facilitate the efficient and reliable implementation of data broadcast services. The information contained herein applies to data service providers as the primary entity that assembles the elements of each data channel. It also applies […]

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Many of the challenges of radio frequency transmission are the same regardless of whether the information carried is in analog or digital form. Because of the signal processing applied when the information carried is digital, however, there are techniques to overcome some of those challenges that are more applicable to digital signals than to analog […]

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The ATSC Mobile DTV service shares the same RF channel as the standard ATSC broadcast service described in ATSC A/53 (“ATSC Digital Television Standard, Parts 1 – 6”). The purpose of this Recommended Practice is to describe how the technology is documented in the Standard, explain what is enabled by in the Standard (technically and […]

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This document addresses the signal conditions that may be encountered with assessment of the potential impact upon the front-end portion of a receiver of A/153-based mobile digital television broadcasts. This document provides recommended performance guidelines that are intended to maximize reception. In general, the recommendations in this document build on those contained in A/74 (which […]

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