DTV Audio Group Forum To Debate Contrasting Visions at AES Convention

The upcoming 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Oct. 17-20 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York) will feature an open forum discussing the shifting landscape in TV audio brought about by the transition to multiplatform mobile and fixed streaming content delivery.

Produced by the DTV Audio Group in association with the Sports Video Group (SVG), the forum, titled “The Sound of the Cloud: Audio Implications of Multiplatform Delivery,” will take place at 2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday October 18 and will be open to all registered AES attendees. Participants will include technology leaders from major networks, content owners and distributors, and key technology providers. Panelists and presenters are currently being finalized.

The forum will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by advanced audio-encoding schemes and debate whether ubiquitous mobile and “over-the-top” streaming content delivery provides an opportunity for greater audio enhancement or demands a retreat to more-limited audio options. The discussion will also address the long-term implications of mobile data’s annexation of available broadcast spectrum and the resulting impact on wireless production. The forum will also once again take up the subject of producing live-music content for television, including some key insights on properly managing 5.1-to-stereo compatibility for entertainment television.

“The transition from traditional broadcasting to a largely stream-based model opens up a lot of possibilities but potentially adds to confusion as different entities pursue a range of formats and encoding solutions,” says Roger Charlesworth, executive director, DTV Audio Group. “The demand for more sophisticated interactive and object-oriented services on next-generation streaming appliances and the transition to streaming of highly sophisticated cinema formats at the very high end are directly at odds with the common perception that television audio now needs to be ‘dumbed down’ for mobile and desktop streaming. This disconnect between competing visions creates a strategic dilemma for live content producers who are looking for universal delivery standards and workflow practices across a range of delivery platforms.”

“The Sound of the Cloud: Audio Implications of Multiplatform Delivery” will address these issues with insight from the very figures shaping the future of content delivery — providing an invaluable look into the issues faced in this evolving model that attendees simply cannot get elsewhere. Confirmed sponsors for the DTV Audio Group forum include Dale Pro Audio, Dolby Laboratories, DTS, and Linear Acoustic.

More information about DTV Audio Group is available at its Website.