MPEG LA jumped into the ATSC 3.0 mix by announcing a call for patents that are “essential” to the next-gen TV transmission standard that will blend over-the-air and broadband capabilities, support mobile devices and 4K and other new formats.
MPEG LA said the call for patents is a “first step in creating a one-stop license” for ATSC 3.0. Parties that believe they have patents that are essential to the 3.0 standards have until Sept. 8, 2017 to submit them.
MPEG LA has created similar patent pools for standards such as EVS (Enhanced Voice Services), HEVC, DASH, MPEG-2, and AVC/H.264), as well as earlier versions of ATSC.
MPEG LA said it recognizes that the ATSC 3.0 standards were developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), a group that MPEG LA isn’t affiliated with, but holds that the call for patents aims to “facilitate creation of a joint license is in response to market interest in a convenient licensing alternative.”
“ATSC 3.0 represents a significant technological leap over current ATSC broadcast standards, developed some 20 years ago,” Larry Horn, president and CEO of MPEG LA, said in a statement. “MPEG LA is pleased to begin the process of creating an efficient one-stop license offering access to key intellectual property rights that will help make ATSC 3.0’s benefits available to consumers without delay.”