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Watch BitRouter’s presentation of the ATSC3pro

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 as follows:

  • 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
  • The user interface for ATSC3pro can be modified to highlight a brand. ATSC3pro comes with HTML5 source code for the user interface.
  • Custom diagnostics can be added as per broadcaster requirements.
  • ATSC3pro is 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
  • 8GB 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 v0.1. It supports:

  2. EPG
  3. Direct channel entry
  4. Program info
  5. Channel surfing
  6. Remote broadcast recording
  7. Diagnostic data logging
  8. WebKit browser
  9. HTML5 UI with source code
  10. Software updates through Dec 31, 2020
  11. Channel map storage

The CES 2020 release is called Binomial. It will support:

  1. ATSC 1.0
  2. Multiple tuners
  3. Setup menu
  4. Diagnostics
  5. Local VOD (with 2TB HDD)

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

  1. Auto software updates
  2. Simultaneous STB & Gateway operation
  3. iOS & Android clients
  4. Widevine L3 DRM

The Summer 2020 release is called Dihedral. It will support:

  1. NXP i.MX 8MQ SoC
  2. Dolby® Audio MS12 (AC-4)
  3. Widevine L1 DRM

The IBC 2020 release is called Edge. It will support:

  1. DVR
  2. OTT applications

Future releases will add support for:

  1. Other embedded SoC platforms
  2. MMTP
  3. Downloadable broadcaster apps
  4. Advanced Emergency Alert
  5. Captions and subtitles
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