Broadcasters in the United States are taking the innovative step of migrating to variable polarization technology antennas. The move was announced by the United States FCC, and the idea is to ensure that stations are moved to the new antennas by the end of 2018, or the start of 2019. The move is sure to “future proof” many of the over the air television stations that are popular in the country.
What is VPT?
Variable polarization technology, or VPT, is a modern system that will help television broadcasters around the world as they are set to deliver next generation quality to consumers. While broadband power dividers and other components must be right for cable providers to future proof themselves, it is a little bit easier for over the air television.
Benefits Associated with VPT
One of the reasons why VPT is becoming so popular is because it is better for situations where antennas are shared. Each broadcaster has the option of setting a polarization ratio, and that ensures better signal penetration and coverage. Those who may have a hard time getting OTA signals because they live in a major city, or further away from the OTA towers, will be happy with the move to VPT.
The change to ATSC3.0 standard is not coming imminently, but it will soon. And when it does, it means that signals will go from horizontal to elliptical polarization. And that change will be a lot easier under VPT, as compared to the current setup.
The final benefit that over-the-air broadcasters want to reap is the ability to send out more advanced signals. Television stations are improving their quality all the time, with 1080i HD already the standard for many OTA broadcasts. Using VPT-powered antennas will make it easier for them to push more data to a receiving device.