What will change when OTA upgrades to ATSC 3.0?

The new OTA ATSC 3.0 standard is set to be


  • South Korea already implemented ATSC 3.0, but the US transition is undetermined.
  • You will be able to use your existing antenna.
  • TVs will need a new ATSC 3.0 tuner.
  • The switch to DTV ATSC 2.0 in June 2009 was mandatory. ATSC 3.0 transition will not be.
  • DTV ATSC 2.0 will continue to work indefinitely for security reasons.
  • Addtional features with ATSC 3.0: TV guide, Targeted advertising, Improved audio and video capabilities.

When the ATSC (the governing body in charge of the OTA technology) announced the standards for ATSC 3.0 on March 26, 2013 it brought with it a huge wave of new technological upgrades that were going to transform free TV as we know it.

Currently, the standards have been set but since there is no current date for the US transition, the project is in a holding pattern. This is mostly to allow TV manufacturers to install the required ATSC 3.0 tuners into their TV. However, the great news is that any TV antenna you buy (including the NoCable brand) will work flawlessly with this new technology, assuming your TV is upgraded.

Luckily you do not have to worry about it anytime soon, but rest assured that NoCable will stay on top of this awesome OTA functionality!

Chris Cagle


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Chris and his wife started NoCable back in 2015 because they wanted to cut the cord, but there were no resources that provided exactly what they needed.

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