United States over the air television broadcasters are making a big change in the way their systems operate. The nation’s broadcasters are attempting to future proof their systems against any plans from the FCC.
FCC Begins Spectrum Repacking
The United States FCC is undertaking a process where the television is repacked. It is a process where new channels are assigned to various television stations. And it will impact more than 1000 stations across the country.
It appears many broadcasters are reacting to the news by future proofing their systems. The goal is to get the system redeployed to variable polarization technology, or VPT, antennas.
Whenever there is a shift in technology, it means that components such as broadband power dividers must be compatible. The entire system has to seamlessly migrate to the new technology.
What is VPT?
The concept of VPT antennas is that such systems will offer a lot better flexibility compared to the current technology. Since the ratio of horizontal to vertical polarization can be adjusted with VPT, it is possible to tweak the transmissions as necessary in the future.
There are some other benefits associated with these VPT powered systems that include:
· Superior signal penetration and coverage, as broadcasters can set their own polarization ratio. Ownership costs will also go down.
· The eventual evolution to ATSC3.0 standards becomes easier, as polarization changes can be made through small adjustments in the future. It will be quick and easy to adjust to ATSC3.0 when it is ready.
Broadcast networks in the United States are typically slow to adopt change. But it appears that many are responding in a proactive way to the FCC’s most recent announcement. They want to ensure their broadcasts are future proof. And it is definitely a good sign for Americans who watch over the air television.