The next version of broadcast TV, called NextGen TV or ATSC 3.0, is rolling out across the US and will reach 75% of households by mid-2022. Updates are completePossible include , improved sound quality and the Internet-like ability to communicate with broadcasters through your television set. Unlike cable or You can watch these broadcast channels live for free, with quality . A list of available ATSC 3.0 regions can be found here , and the number is growing in about two markets every month.
The signals are there, but you need something to see them. Most current TVs will not work with new broadcasts. ATSC says 3 million compatible TVs were sold last year, and the company estimates 4.5 million will be sold in 2022, but as you can see from the list below, most are high-end models.
Manufactured by LG, Sony and Samsungand at , Hisense was announced as the fourth official manufacturer. “TCL TVs in the US use ATSC 1.0 tuners,” said a TCL spokesperson.
Meanwhile, two more companies also sell external tuner boxes that are cheaper than a whole new television. Manufacturers are also thinking beyond televisions, with future plans to include the technology in places like cars.
Here is a list of 2022 TVs that will have ATSC 3.0 tuners.
A new manufacturer to add ATSC 3.0 tuners to its TVs, Hisense extends the feature to the relatively affordable U7 series starting at $800.
- : 76-in
- : 55-, 65- and 75-inch
- : 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-inch
Like last year, LG is limiting ATSC 3.0 support to its most expensive OLED TVs. LG hasn’t announced pricing, but the 2021 version of the G2 series, the G1 55-inch size, starts at $1,700.
- : 55-, 65-, 77-, 83- and 97-inch 4K OLED TVs
- Z2: 77- and 88-inch 8K OLED TVs
Sony is the only manufacturer to add ATSC 3.0 support to its entire range so far, and the initiative is now in its second year. As with most TVs on this list, pricing hasn’t been set, but the 43-inch model of the X80K series will cost around $500, if the 2021 version is any indication.
- : Mini-LED 75- and 85-inch 8K
- A95K: QD-OLED 55- and 65-inch 4K
- A90K: OLED 48, 42-inch 4K
- A80K: OLED 55, 65, 77-inch 4K
- X95K: Mini-LED 65-, 75-, 85-inch 4K
- X90K: Full-row LED 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch 4K
- X85K: Direct LED 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch 4K
- X80K: Direct LED 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch 4K
So far Samsung has only released general information on its 2022 range, not specific models. TechHive reported that the companyIt will come with ATSC 3.0 tuners, but a Samsung spokesperson told CNET that details have yet to be released. “We haven’t announced a specific number of models yet, but I can say that our TVs from 43-inches to 98-inches will support ATSC 3.0,” they said.
China-based Skyworth has had a limited presence in the US market so far, but announced a TV that features an ATSC 3.0 tuner.
- UD8500: 65- and 75-inch 4K UHD Mini-LED QLED with bezel-less design
ATSC 3.0 DVRs, starting at $200
If you want to watch next-gen TV broadcasts, another option is to get an external tuner, which can connect to any TV. Currently they are rare, although there are a coupleThere are
In April of last year, Silicondust released the $199 HDHomeRun 4K Flex, a DVR with four tuners, two of which are ATSC 3.0. It’s a networked device, similar to the Amazon Fire TV Recast, which connects to network and Internet streaming devices through the HDHomeRun app.
2022 is the only ATSC 3.0 DVR announced so far. It arrives this spring for $299, and unlike the HDHomeRun it offers four full ATSC 3.0 tuners. The downside is that it’s not networkable, so it’s only for one TV.
At CES, the ATSC organization announced that a low-cost chipset from Mediatek will be available in cheaper devices, which will help lower the prices of external tuners in the future.
NextGen TV Outlook to 2022
There are two main problems with ATSC 3.0 in the US. The first is the lack of coverage in some of the nation’s largest television markets, including San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. The second lacks content. The format promises features like 4K resolution and interactive gaming, which are largely yet to be implemented. As the service is still maturing and dependent on support from broadcasters, most areas still only receive 1080p signals. With the arrival of budget-friendly devices and larger coverage areas, ATSC 3.0 could finally reach its cord-cutting potential in the next few years.