ATSC certification programme for mobile digital TV equipment

US standards body Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has launched a certification programme for broadcast equipment and consumer receiving devices that comply with the new A/153 ATSC Mobile Digital Television (DTV) Standard.
The ATSC Mobile DTV Standard, adopted in October 2009, defines the technical specifications necessary for broadcasters to provide new services to mobile and handheld devices using their DTV transmissions.

In cooperation with the Consumer Electronics Association, the ATSC has developed a certification mark for products that comply with the standard. Manufacturers may use the mark in accordance with the ATSC’s Certification Mark Policy, available online.

According to ATSC President Mark Richer, the ATSC Mobile DTV Certification Programme relies primarily on self-certification by industry members and also includes provisions for expert reviewers, independent laboratory testing and verifications to help assure compliance. The policy will be administered in an open, transparent, non-discriminatory manner, available to all interested parties, whether or not they are ATSC members.

"The distinctive new 'MDTV' certification mark will help consumers find the latest mobile and handheld devices compatible with the A/153 standard," Richer said. "Common labelling and compliance with the standard will further support broadcasters’ plans to rollout new services in 2010 and beyond."

The Mobile DTV Certification Mark is expected to be used in association with a wide array of wireless receiving products including mobile phones, small handheld DTVs, laptop computers, ‘dongles’ and in-vehicle entertainment systems, as well as professional broadcast equipment. Other items that may utilise the mark include mobile DTV-related software, applications and accessories that comply with the standard.