Right Now Who Really Cares About ATSC 3.0 Live in Seattle?

Snark alert. I’m having a hard time getting excited about shiny new broadcast tech.

Sadly, Seattle have many homeless at nearly every highway underpass and it becomes one of the first cities to adopt ATSC 3.0 brining over the air 4K programming.

ATSC 3.0 is now live in Seattle, with seven stations broadcasting with the NextGen TV transmission standard. The local stations that are now transmitting with ATSC 3.0 include KOMO-TV (ABC), KIRO-TV (CBS), KCPQ (Fox), KING-TV (NBC), KONG (Ind.), KZJO (MyNet) and KUNS-TV (Univision). The list includes all of Seattle’s major broadcasters.

ATSC 3.0 is Live in Seattle | Cord Cutters News

If you’re wondering what ATSC 3.0 is, it’s basically the newest version of cabling specs, allowing higher speeds and increased quality for all these new 4K and soon 8K televisions.

It’s great to know Seattle — the hotbed of COVID-19 in our state — wants to focus on improving technology, keeping our flagship city on the cutting edge of tech, but, seriously, who is pushing for this ATSC 3.0 standard right now?

Priorities, priorities. Maybe I’ve got this wrong, feel free to vent in the comments if you’re ecstatic that TV stations are upgrading to ATSC 3.0.

I’ve sat on this for a couple weeks, mulling over if this even was worth posting, but it does give me a chance to point out that if you’re visiting Seattle any time soon, you’ll see homeless people everywhere in addition to enjoying ATSC 3.0, if you even want to watch our local TV channels.

Streaming in Seattle: Over 1/3rd of Seattle Market Household Have Neither Cable or Satellite

Just north of us, Seattle is leaving cable TV and satellite in big numbers. In fact, a study quoted by The Seattle Times finds over 1/3rd have cut the cord. My guess is when the Seahawks play is among the only times that people watch live TV.

TV-streaming services have taken a big bite out of network television viewership, and a sizable number of households rely solely on streaming. According to Nielsen, more than one out of three households (37%) in the Seattle market have neither cable nor satellite television.

Netflix and other streaming services boomed in Seattle amid COVID-19 lockdowns | The Seattle Times