MPEG-H Audio at KOBA 2016
MPEG-H – Television Audio of the Future
Fraunhofer Booth D-340
At KOBA 2016, Fraunhofer will present the first professional broadcast encoders from Kai Media and DS Broadcast that support MPEG-H Audio. MPEG-H Audio enables immersive and interactive sound for next-generation UHDTV broadcast systems, such as ATSC 3.0. With MPEG-H Audio, broadcasters and streaming services can deliver the future of streaming and TV audio at unprecedented low bit rates in a cost-effective manner.
The MPEG-H Audio system is designed to work with today's broadcast and streaming equipment and is part of the ATSC A/342 Candidate Standard. Features like object-based and immersive audio allow viewers to adjust the sound mix to suit their preferences and improves the level of realism of the overall audio experience. MPEG-H Audio allows also tailoring sound for optimal playback on a range of devices and environments, providing "universal delivery".
Fraunhofer IIS will show real-time encoding and decoding of the new TV audio system. A combination of audio/video content will be broadcasted to a receiver for playback. Visitors can experience the new interactive and immersive features in a living room environment. Fraunhofer IIS will also demonstrate a new prototype 3D soundbar for convenient playback of immersive sound in any living room without requiring the installation of an elaborate loudspeaker setup.