Saw something today, about a low-power DTV station back east switching back to ATSC-1.0, until they can get some things figured out with 3.0...including the scrambling issues. I guess KJZZ is still the only 3.0 signal in the SLC market. How many of you have a receiver for 3.0, or plan to?
Yes, KJZZ's RF Ch 19 is still the only ATSC 3.0 station in the SLC area and AFAIK the market. (Side question; why does everyone insist on using "1.0" and "3.0"? We know there won't be a 1.1 and does anyone seriously expect a 3.1?)
I assume you're talking about the reversion of WCRN-LD in Boston. From what I read they're planning this to be a temporary thing while issues are addressed. What makes it even more confusing is that Cord Cutters News is saying that they were using a "special version" of ATSC 3.0. They don't elaborate on what that means. The only thing I can see in their application is that (if I'm reading it right) they are not simulcasting their programming in ATSC 1.0 on another station. That fits nicely with your question Ken. I don't have a 3.0 receiver yet but I'm reasonable confident that in order to receive OTA signals I'll eventually have to upgrade. At the moment there are no plans I'm aware of to mandate the switch to 3.0. (The transition would have been much easier if the cell phone companies hadn't glommed more than half the UHF TV spectrum but that ship has sailed.) I haven't been following the spec requirements for TV sets, but I don't think 3.0 compatibility is required at this point. At some point I'm sure it will be. After that it will take a while for enough viewers to have compatible sets to allow the FCC to start thinking about mandating a conversion. Remember that it was just two and a half years ago that the final analog stations left the air. I think it's going to be a while before 3.0 receivability is going to be required and there isn't any particular need right now. Last I heard the only programs that were on the KJZZ ATSC 3.0 signal were 2.1, 4.1, 14.1 and 30.1 and those are all simulcast.
I think there may be a change to ATSC 1.0 one day, IF 3.0 is found to have issues with public acceptance. Not very likely, but it could happen. As for 3.0, there are a whole lot of things that could be changed over the years, especially in the terms of compatibility with older sets and boxes. So, it's not surprising that there a "dot" in the numbering system. My question is still, has anyone taken the plunge yet, and what are your thoughts on it. And, if so, have there been any issues with using a 3.0 receiver on the legacy 1.0 transmissions?