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Chairman's Message - December 2020

As we look forward to wrapping up 2020, and towards the promise of a New Year, we are excited about all that NVISA has accomplished over the past few months. Our alliance is less than 6 months old, and we have expanded our membership to include all the key middleware solutions providers making NextGenTV possible via the ATSC 3.0 standard.

Our associate members have expanded to include some of the most forward looking public television stations, working on novel uses for ATSC 3.0 data information services, including emergency information, first responder support and other solutions.

NVISA has also expanded to create three working groups to focus on different aspects of ATSC 3.0 and related services. Working Group 1 will soon be issuing a Recommended Practice related to display of emergency information by visual systems. Working Group 2 has been in liaison with ATSC regarding key aspects of Advanced Emergency Information. Working Group 3 was recently formed to look at broader services related to bitcasting and data casting.

Joining our membership is DigiCAP, who brings a valuable perspective on the deployment of ATSC 3.0 in South Korea. ATSC 3.0 and NextGen TV is very much an international project, and NVISA is striving to include a broad range of perspectives.

Also joining NVISA are three leading public broadcasters - Kentucky Educational Television, New Mexico PBS and UNC-TV Public Media South Carolina. Their interest in NVISA highlights the role that ATSC 3.0 and NextGenTV may play for advanced public services that these broadcasters may look to provide to serve their communities.

In sum, I'm pleased to report that NVISA's first few months have set the stage for major contributions in 2021, alongside an increasing pace of ATSC 3.0 deployments at television stations across the nation - and potentially across the globe.

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