The Global Digital Terrestrial Transmission Workshop was held July 19-21 in Busan, Korea. It featured expert speakers from Korea, India, Brazil, Japan, U.S., Canada, Europe, China and the greater APAC region.
The workshop featured two and a half days of presentations on a wide range of issues related to the next generation of broadcasting. While most of the sessions focused on the power and use of ATSC 3.0, there were also sessions related to other standards and how various countries are approaching adoption of NEXTGEN TV systems. A memorandum of understanding was signed between KBS and the Korean Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU). This important broadcaster collaboration with academia is similar to how we at NAB are collaborating with Howard University as well as Canada’s commitment to exploring the power of NEXTGEN TV via their efforts at Humber College.
I was delighted to represent NAB at this meeting where I was invited to speak on two issues:
- The transition to ATSC 3.0 in the United States
- The Broadcast Positioning System (BPS) using ATSC 3.0
There were several other speakers from the United States as well, including:
- Rob Folliard – Gray Television and Pearl
- Madeleine Noland – ATSC
- Kathleah Obrero and Louis Libin – Sinclair Broadcast Group/One Media
- Mark Corl – Triveni
- Patrick Diamond – U.S. Space Based PNT Advisory Board Member
Following the educational sessions on Friday, attendees enjoyed local culture by visiting the beautiful Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, a local beach and a fishing village on the outskirts of Busan.
We flew into and out of Seoul and while there Rob and I hiked the Namsan trails up to the North Seoul Tower on cloudy, drizzly day. And before catching our flight home we visited the Gyeongbokgong Palace.
Kudos to all the host organizations, and ETRI’s Dr. Sung-Ik Park in particular, for a tremendous gathering of digital leaders and thought provoking presentations from around the world.