NextGen TV: Auton, Anywave Launch Internet Broadcast Trial in Bend, Oregon

BEND, Ore.—Auton, Inc. and Anywave Communications Technologies announced the launch in Bend Oregon of what they call the most comprehensive test, demonstration and market trial of a broadcast Internet franchise to date.

This innovative new service provides a one-to-all extension to the one-to-one unicast architecture of the old Internet. The test lab launched trials in July and is onboarding new vendors and service providers throughout 2022, the companies said.

As part of this effort, Auton, a service provider developing a nationwide broadcast Internet network fabric, and its broadcast partner WatchTV have developed the Oregon Test Network: a collection of broadcast stations ATSC 3.0 compliant to showcase the powerful capabilities of NextGenTV for both fixed and mobile applications.

The network is currently free of commercial traffic and provides a “green field” to test and evaluate the multidimensional parameters of ATSC 3.0.

“Currently, the limited availability of these assets is hampering the full-scale development of the FCC’s newly created broadcast Internet service,” said Bob Foster, CEO of Auton. “Technology and product vendors, service and content providers, and tower rental companies – all stakeholders in the broadcast internet – will benefit and are encouraged to join Auton in supporting the program. “

The ATSC 3.0 network hosted by WatchTV includes two LPTV transmission sites provided by Anywave. One is located on Awbrey Butte directly above Bend proper. The second site is located about 30 miles north on Grizzley Butte near Redmond, Oregon.

The protected contours of the two stations overlap approximately 60%, providing the perfect environment to demonstrate the unique capabilities of Anywave’s innovative “Self-Synchronizing” gap fillers to improve both ATSC 3.0 network capacity and performance. .

Improving the streaming internet for live and on-demand video services over the internet addresses latency issues, which are one of the most pressing issues facing live event delivery over the internet. old Internet. Internet delivery will dramatically reduce the complexity and cost of streaming video over the Internet and dramatically improve the user experience, while simultaneously reducing the cost of delivery by orders of magnitude.

“We are delighted to work with Auton and its strategic partners on this groundbreaking ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Internet project,” said David Neff, CEO of Anywave. “This deployment is validation of new opportunities offered by recent FCC rulings on broadcast Internet and distributed transmission systems (DTS). Anywave has developed the most flexible “self-synchronizing” DTS solutions to augment our Advanced ATSC 3.0 broadcast transmitters and ensure consistent high quality performance throughout the licensed television service area.

The Bend market was chosen for its multiple demographic and geographic environments, with several incumbent Internet Service Providers (ISPs). These features make it easier to deliver the unique benefits of Internet broadcast services for audiences and existing service providers, content owners and distributors, all looking for more direct engagement with their audiences.

“The secure distribution of video and broadband data files to receivers and edge storage will transform the Internet ecosystem into a new level of enhanced quality of service,” said Vern Fotheringham, president of Auton. “The broadcast Internet is complementary to unicast ISPs but not dependent on them. Thus, there is no contention, bandwidth sharing, or session-oriented constraints typical of legacy ISP access networks , and their common infirmities including buffering, freezing, and poor user experience.Webcasting, in addition to its advantages of live IP streaming, also enables the prepositioning of highly demanded video-on-demand content and popular available to be streamed instantly and served in the highest resolution directly from local edge cache storage in homes, vehicles and ultimately consumers in their pockets.”

More information about participating in the full ATSC 3.0 test lab is available by emailing Robert Foster at [email protected]