What is ATSC 3.0?
Written by Free TV Project Staff
Updated over a week ago

ATSC 3.0, also known as NextGen TV, is the new over-the-air TV standard that’s launching in the United States. Features include better reception, 4K picture, HDR and on-demand content. While some markets already have ATSC 3.0 on the air, it’s still in the very early stages. As of now, there is little improvement in picture quality for technical reasons. This will change in the future as more TV stations launch new broadcasts.

Right now, the only benefit of upgrading to ATSC 3.0 or NextGen TV is better reception. ATSC 3.0 is easier for a TV to decode than the current TV standard. If your TV reception is unreliable and you can verify that ATSC 3.0 is available in your area, it might be worth upgrading your tuner. You can find a map of where ATSC 3.0 is already available here.

Getting started

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