ARK Multicasting has announced a collaboration with SpectraRep to deploy SpectraRep’s Educast service on the ARK Broadcast Internet Network of NextGen TV Stations. The partnership is expected to spur the development of the use of ATSC 3.0 data streaming to provide remote learning services to K-12 and college students in rural communities that lack access sufficient broadband, the companies said.
“We can help solve and even eliminate a major problem for millions of K-12 students, students and teachers in rural America,” says Josh Weiss, co-founder and CEO of Ark Multicasting. “This new hybrid broadcast-broadband technology is a complete game-changer enabling one-to-many reach that serves as an accretive augmentation to traditional Internet providers struggling with network congestion and last-mile connectivity.”
Carrying educational datacasting solution EduCast to stream classroom content on its ATSC 3.0 spectrum will allow ARK to reach millions of students on its network of LPTV stations in 39 states, the companies said.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has sent students and teachers home, negatively impacting remote learners without access to adequate broadband,” said Mark O’Brien, president and chief technical officer of Spectra Rep. “We realized we could use our technology with the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast internet to address education issues such as homework gaps and fairness in the same way we supported public safety customers. and law enforcement.”
With ATSC 3.0 NextGen TV on the ARK network and SpectraRep’s EduCast, teachers can securely deliver their assignments to students so they can study on their own terms. It works seamlessly with any learning management system that teachers already use, whether it’s Google Classroom, Canvas, Blackboard and others.