Television broadcasters and cable companies are always taking steps to ensure they offer a better quality product to more customers. Whether it is a standard cable TV company, a satellite TV provider, or an OTA broadcaster, the need to implement new technologies is very relevant.
Sometimes it is as simple as adding better parts to the delivery mechanism, such as improved broadband power dividers. In other cases, it requires a bigger shift in the delivery of signals. And the over-the-air television sector in the United States is making big changes.
Vertical Polarization Antenna Implementation
The United States FCC made the announcement that vertical polarization technology, or VPT, will soon become the standard for OTA broadcasts in the country. The change will take a bit of time to setup, but it is anticipated most stations will have made the move by the beginning of 2019. But what does it mean?
Reasons for Switching to VPT
Vertical antennas are very good for offering omnidirectional communication. They are also useful if there is a limit to the antenna height. For instance, if a signal is being delivered from a vehicle or a similar location, the antenna is limited to three meters. Vertical antennas will deliver a much better signal quality in these circumstances.
Those who use OTA television broadcasts in the United States can expect many improvements when stations move over to the new technology.
OTA Broadcast Improvements
Depending on where you live, getting OTA signals can be problematic. Putting up receiver antennas in apartment buildings in major cities often results in poor signal, while being hundreds of miles away from a major OTA broadcasting antenna is also an issue.
When the change to VPT is complete, consumers will notice much better signals in the above two circumstances. And receiving high quality broadcasts will be easier, as VPT ensures OTA broadcasters can send out more data to a receiving device than they could manage before.