Four ATSC 3.0 Stations Launch in Las Vegas

Remember when I told you that four TV stations were going to broadcast in ATSC 3.0? Well, they went and did it!

KSNV, KVCW, KLAS, and KTNV have launched ATSC 3.0 broadcasts. These stations are all located in the Las Vegas television market and owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Nexstar Media Group, and The E.W. Scripps Company. Anyone with a TV set built to handle ATSC 3.0 can enjoy the CW, CBS, ABC, and NBC content in ATSC 3.0, the latest broadcast channels. Anyone who doesn’t have the right receiver will have to tune in on the three ATSC 1.0 channels serving Las Vegas.

This news is hardly shocking to some long-time cord-cutters. These folks have been following the development in ATSC 3.0 in this and other blogs. But new people cut the cord every day. Many of them are finding their way to this blog all the time. If you’re one of them, you should know more about ATSC 3.0 because. Keep reading for everything you need to know about this upcoming broadcast standard.

ATSC 3.0: What You Need to Know

Do you know what ATSC stands for? It’s an acronym for Advanced Television Systems Committee. This organization helps create broadcast TV standards along with the National Association of Broadcasters and some manufacturers. These standards are responsible for making sure the TVs people buy work with over-the-air stations.

The term “ATSC” also refers to the broadcast standards the group creates. ATSC 1.0 is the current over-the-air TV standard. This is being replaced by ATSC 3.0. The organization decided to skip ATSC 2.0 because it came out after 4k and 4K HDR. All the innovations of ATSC 2.0, such as interactive content, video on demand, and advanced video compression, are included in ATSC 3.0.

When it’s finally available in every TV market, ATSC 3.0 will allow:

  1. 4K HDR picture
  2. Better sound quality than what you have now
  3. Improved over-the-air TV coverage
  4. Custom weather alerts
  5. Internet active news stories

Why Cord-Cutters Should Care

ATSC 3.0 is about to launch in 60+ markets by the end of the year. That’s about 70 percent of all U.S. viewers. An antenna you get today will be ATSC 3.0 compatible when this becomes the standard everyone is using. If you’re not sure what type of antenna you need, Solid Signal can help. We carry the largest online selection of indoor and outdoor TV antennas. To get the best one for your TV market, call us at 888-233-7563. You can also fill out the form below and send it to us.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.