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ATSC Approves Successor to Its "A/85 Recommended Practice"

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Released: July 26, 2011
PUBLIC NOTICE

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DA 11-1255

July 26, 2011

ATSC Approves Successor

to Its “A/85 Recommended Practice”

MB Docket No. 11-93

By this Public Notice, the Media Bureau announces that the Advanced Television Systems
Committee, Inc. (“ATSC”) yesterday approved a successor document to its A/85 Recommended Practice
(“ATSC A/85 RP”). In the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to implement the Commercial
Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (“CALM”) Act, the Commission directed the Bureau to issue a
Public Notice announcing the ATSC’s approval of any successor to the ATSC A/85 RP.1 The ATSC has
published this document on its website at http://www.atsc.org/cms/standards/a_85-2011a.pdf.2 This
document adds an Annex K titled “Requirements for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness of
Commercial Advertising in Digital Television When Using Non-AC-3 Audio Codecs.”3
On May 27, 2011, the Commission released the NPRM, which sought public comment on its
proposed rules to implement the CALM Act. The CALM Act directs the Commission to incorporate by
reference and make mandatory the ATSC A/85 RP, “and any successor thereto, approved by the
Advanced Television Systems Committee, only insofar as such recommended practice concerns the
transmission of commercial advertisements by a television broadcast station, cable operator, or other
multichannel video programming distributor.”4 By statute, the Commission must adopt final rules no
later than December 15, 2011.
On July 18, 2011, in anticipation of this successor document to the ATSC A/85 RP and in
response to a request by the ATSC, the Media Bureau extended the reply comment filing deadline in this
proceeding until August 1, 2011 “to allow interested parties an opportunity to review and provide
comments on the successor document to the ATSC A/85 RP.”5 This document, for which we extended
the reply period, is now available.
For additional information, contact Shabnam Javid, Shabnam.Javid@fcc.gov, of the Engineering
Division, Media Bureau at (202) 418-2672. Direct press inquiries to Janice Wise at (202) 418-8165.
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1 Implementation of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act; MB Docket No. 11-93,
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 11-84 at ¶ 13 (rel. May 27, 2010) (“NPRM”).
2 See ATSC Press Release titled, “ATSC Expands Loudness Management Techniques with A/85 Annex K” (Jul. 26,
2011).
3 See ATSC A/85: “ATSC Recommended Practice: Techniques for Establishing and Maintaining Audio Loudness
for Digital Television,” (July 25, 2011) (“ATSC A/85 RP”).
4 The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (“CALM”) Act, § 2(a), Pub. L. No. 111-311, 124 Stat. 3294
(2010) (codified at 47 U.S.C. § 621).
5 See Implementation of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act; MB Docket No. 11-93,
Order, DA 11-1205 at ¶ 4 (MB rel. Jul. 18, 2011).

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