TV picture and sound quality has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past decade, with features like high-dynamic range and immersive audio. Now broadcasters will be able to take advantage of many of these features for the first time thanks to ATSC 3.0, a new suite of voluntary technical standards for digital television. The suite incorporates the first IP-based broadcast standard, allowing companies to simultaneously transmit content over the airwaves and the Internet.
How we watch television and what we watch it on are also changing. In this issue, we highlight some of the latest models, including flexible roll-up displays and gallium nitride LED displays large enough to take up an entire wall.
Broadcast engineers are in demand. They are needed to ensure that sound and images are of high quality, and that the lighting, equipment, and transmission systems work smoothly without a hitch. This issue delves into the skills needed to break into the field.
There’s also a timeline featuring IEEE Milestones that recognize advancements in television over the last century.