Phoenix TV Station Granted STA for ATSC 3.0 Transmission

KFPH-CD, Channel 35 in Phoenix, Arizona was granted a Special Temporary Authority by the FCC in early April to broadcast an experimental signal compliant with the current ATSC 3.0 interim digital transmission standard. The Unimas low power sister station of KTVW-DT will serve as “lighthouse” host to the subchannels of several other Phoenix TV stations, including KASW (Nexstar/CW), KPNX (TEGNA/NBC), KNXV (Scripps/ABC), KPHO (Meredith/CBS), KSAZ (Fox), KTAZ (NBC/Telemundo), KTVK (Meredith/independent), KTVW (Univision/UniMas), and KUTP (Fox/MyTV).

KFPH-CD proposes to adhere to the current FCC Report and Order that requires KFPH-CD to simulcast an ATSC 1.0 signal on its main KTVW-DT physical channel.

The experiment is being operated by the Pearl TV consortium run by several of the aforementioned participating owner groups “with a shared interest in exploring forward-looking broadcasting opportunities, including innovative ways of promoting local broadcast TV content and developing digital media and wireless platforms for the broadcast industry.”

March 21 Meeting: Verimatrix

Speaker: Petr Peterka, Chief Technology Officer at Verimatrix
Topic:  Content distribution flow and federated rights management powered by blockchain.
When: Wednesday, March 21, 12 noon. Program after free lunch.
Where: iHeart Media, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, San Diego
Speaker Bio:
Petr has served as CTO of Verimatrix since 2010. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s overall revenue security strategy and anti-piracy efforts as well as its advanced technology research and intellectual property development. He has more than 25 years of experience in the multimedia industry, and has extensive familiarity with content protection techniques for IPTV, DVB and OTT streaming, as well as forensic watermarking technology.
Petr represents Verimatrix at DECE, AAPA, W3C, SCTE and he has actively participated in other standards organizations including ATSC, DVB, SMPTE, ATIS, TVA, CEA, DLNA, OMA, and others. Petr served as the vice-chair of ATSC T3-S17 group in the role of a Java system architect defining a TV applications platform before smartphones and smart TVs were even invented. He also regularly speaks at conferences including NAB, Digital Hollywood, Anti-piracy and Content Protection Summit, and Copyright and Technology and has been published in numerous industry publications.”

Society of Broadcast Engineers, San Diego