Older 4K TVs will get ATSC 3.0 thanks to cheap tuner upgrades

The new ATSC 3.0 digital TV transmission standard (also known as NEXTGEN TV) which has been available in an increasing number of US cities continues its path of steady growth, with stations in more than 50 markets and reaching 55 percent of households now have upgraded from the ATSC 1.0 standard.

ATSC 3.0 tuners can be found in select sets sold in the US as of 2020, with some of the best 4k tvs from LG, Samsung, Sony and Hisense all provide the feature. The benefits that ATSC 3.0 offers over the older digital HDTV standard include high dynamic range video with 4K resolution, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio, and Dolby dialogue enhancement and volume leveling features. Also, since it is IP-based, bi-directional data transmission is supported to bring an interactive component to TV shows and sports.

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