ATSC Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP). The ATSC Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) is specified in standards document A/ Once you buy an HDTV it doesn’t take long before you get confused by all the acronyms. We love us some HD, but the days of simply bringing. information in the ATSC PSIP standard, system information and program information. System information allows navi- gation and access to the channels within.

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With the advent of HD bandwidth has become a problem for all content providers, but it helps if you understand how it is managed.

Recently operators have been giving out a ” tuning adapter ” which enables one-way CableCARD host devices to work with SDV, but this is all pretty new and Microsoft has yet to even support it — although we fully expect support in Windows 7. As the digital transition is completed and broadcasters move frequencies — either away from VHF so other services can use it, or are simply moving back to their original channel assignment — most ATSC tuners will require users to rescan in order to update the table.

HD 101: What is ATSC, PSIP, QAM, and 8-VSB?

Retrieved from ” https: Hit us up at ask at engadgethd dawt com and keep an eye on this space — your topic could be next. The coolest thing about QAM is that since it doesn’t need all the error correction of an over-the-air modulation technique, it is much more efficient.

The one thing we didn’t touch on though was satellite technology and mostly this is because both of the providers in the US require you to use their STBs anyways, and there really aren’t many reasons you’d need to know what types of modulation they used — at least not in the context of this port.

Two revisions largely backwards-compatible with the standard have been made. Each of these channels is like real estate — they aren’t making any more of it — and broadcasters get a license from the FCC to use it with some non-monetary strings attached.


HD What is ATSC, PSIP, QAM, and 8-VSB?

Packet switched vs circuit switched Now before we get into specific broadcasting encoding methods used for over-the-air TV, cable, and satellite; lets cover something that can psop a little difficult for internet geeks to understand. Television stations work the same way, but the frequencies are mapped to channel numbers to qtsc things simple — so for example, channel 8 in the US is at Where are the adults.

It allows for the generation pwip management program schedules and contains advanced capabilities and a user-friendly graphic interface at a cost-effective, entry level price.

Broadband Typical for the tech industry that the term broadband isn’t exactly used correctly, but it’s probably more fair to say that word just change meanings as the technologies evolves.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. So now that you understand most of this — hopefully — it should serve you well for years.

Program and System Information Protocol

Unlike the internet where all the data is broken up into little packets and sent across the same shared pipe, digital Tasc is more like a traditional phone system. Unfortunately in practice this isn’t the case, and our beautiful HD turns into block city. The good news is that while technology continues to change, due to compatibility reasons these technologies evolve slowly.

PMCP does not dictate systems’ internal database structures; it is simply a platform-independent protocol for the exchange of data. Another topic that is useful to understand is the differences between encoding video vs encoding bits. The easiest example to understand is FM Radio.

The two channels have no affect on each other, they each have their own discrete channels. It is pretty obvious by the latest surveys that most people arsc understand exactly what it takes to enjoy HD on their HDTV, but even if you do, you may not understand what most of it means. Well, it isn’t that it can’t find them as much as it is the fact that some providers strip out the PSIP data when shaving bits out — more on that later.


While understanding the ins and outs of either standard is well beyond the scope of any article, you should know that both use the same size channels 6MHz and that until a channel goes all digital, it is actually broadcasting on both frequencies simulcasting.

PSIP is a collection of tables designed to operate within every digital broadcast transport stream. This is actually pretty cool technology but the problem is there is the off chance that a channel won’t be available when you want to watch it — very rare — and even more common, ppsip one-way CableCARD enabled Media Center or TiVo won’t be able to tune in the channels at all.

PSIP Pro is the system of choice by television station broadcasters who are looking for a proven system at an affordable entry level price. Views Read Edit View history.

ATSC Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP)

One way they do this is by putting multiple HD streams on one channel. PSIP information may be passed through the airchain using proprietary protocols or through use of the Programming Metadata Communication Protocol metadata scheme.

The bad news is that there isn’t any guarantee that your TV will be able to find all the channels. Digital television in North America.

Typical for the tech industry that the term broadband isn’t exactly used correctly, but it’s probably more fair to say that word just change meanings as the technologies evolves. The real problem with QAM — no fault of it’s own though — is that when a cable operator uses QAM, it can also inexpensively encrypt the signal, which is why you might have heard about clear QAM.