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DTV Audio Group Forum Debates Contrasting Visions for Television Sound at 135th AES Convention in New York

— DTV Audio Group members, executives, mixers and leading technologists slated to participate in groundbreaking discussion at the AES Convention —

— “The Sound of the Cloud: Audio Implications of Multi-Platform Delivery” will address the future of TV audio as digital distribution model continues to evolve —

New York, NY, September 6, 2013 — The upcoming 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 17 through October 20, 2013, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City) will feature an open forum discussing the shifting landscape in TV audio brought about by the transition to multi-platform mobile and fixed streaming content delivery.

Produced by the DTV Audio Group – an organization of senior-level broadcast network executives promoting best practices and successful strategies for digital television audio production and delivery – in association with the Sports Video Group (SVG), the forum, titled “The Sound of the Cloud: Audio Implications of Multi-Platform Delivery,” will take place 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, at the Javits Center, 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.

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. Finally, the forum will 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 Multi-Platform 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 anywhere else. Confirmed sponsors for the DTV Audio Group forum include Dale Pro Audio; Dolby Laboratories; DTS, Inc.; and Linear Acoustic.

Visit the DTV Audio Group web site for information on the organization’s leadership and advisory board. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

Photo Caption: Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group

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