Watch the ATSC3pro Binomial version user interface demonstration



Introduction: ATSC3pro is a Linux based ATSC 3.0 set-top box and gateway. ATSC3pro is based on BitRouter’s ATSC 3.0 middleware package called ATSC3pak that is described here. ATSC3pro can be used:

  • By broadcasters to test signal reception and performance. ATSC3pro supports remote signal recording and playback.
  • By broadcasters for beta trials.
  • By ATSC equipment vendors for testing
  • By retailers to showcase and demonstrate 4K TV receivers.
  • By OEMs to customize the UI. ATSC3pro comes with HTML5 source code for the user interface.
  • To implement custom diagnostics and features per broadcaster requirements.
  • As an ideal platform for custom projects because the entire software source code has been written and is controlled by BitRouter.

Hardware Specifications:

  • Intel i5 NUC
  • 4GB RAM
  • 120GB SSD
  • IR receiver and remote control
  • USB ATSC tuner
  • Optional 2TB HDD for future local VOD and DVR support

The currently shipping software release is called Binomial. It supports:

  1. ATSC 1.0 & ATSC 3.0
  2. ROUTE/DASH
  3. Multiple tuners
  4. Grid guide
  5. Remote broadcast recording
  6. Diagnostic data logging
  7. WebKit, WPE & Vewd browser
  8. HTML5 UI with source code
  9. Channel map storage
  10. Wi-Fi setup
  11. Channel scan
  12. Local VOD with optional 2TB HDD
  13. NXP i.MX 8M SoC support
  14. Software updates through Dec 31, 2020

The NAB 2020 release is called Cofactor. It will support:

  1. Auto software updates
  2. Widevine DRM

The Summer 2020 release is called Dihedral. It will be consumer deployment ready and support:

  1. Dolby® Audio MS12 (AC-4)
  2. Menu and audio language options
  3. Parental controls
  4. Third party guide data integration
  5. Captions & subtitles
  6. HDCP

Future releases will add support for:

  1. DVR
  2. OTT Application
  3. Simultaneous STB & Gateway operation
  4. iOS & Android clients
  5. Other embedded SoC platforms
  6. MMTP
  7. Downloadable broadcaster apps
  8. Advanced Emergency Alert
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