German research institute Fraunhofer IIS, primary developer of the MPEG-H audio system, and French video delivery solutions provider Ateme are integrating MPEG-H audio into Ateme’s Kyrion encoders to facilitate the delivery of personalised and immersive sound.
The move enables broadcasters to provide immersive sound that can be personalised via existing ISDB-T and DVB broadcast networks, giving content providers faster access to a sophisticated audio system, according to the companies. As a solution for Brazil’s existing ISDB-Tb terrestrial broadcast system, Kyrion supports the ongoing TV 2.5 rollout in Brazil.
Globo, the largest media group in Latin America, has already used Ateme’s Kyrion encoders to broadcast major events – including the 2022 Football World Cup and this year’s production of the Rio de Janeiro and Recife Carnival parades – with MPEG-H audio. Kyrion has enabled Globo to deploy the new features of the TV 2.5 system with MPEG-H audio in their 24/7 broadcast.
“Integrating MPEG-H audio into Ateme’s Kyrion encoders is a great step forward for widespread MPEG-H audio delivery,” said Adrian Murtaza, Senior Manager, Technology and Standards at Fraunhofer IIS. “This is a major addition to Ateme’s solutions, which already support MPEG-H audio and VVC video in Titan transcoders, currently used by Globo and the SBTVD Forum for the first tests of TV 3.0 in Brazil.”
Julien Mandel, Solution Marketing Senior Director at Ateme, added: “Viewers are increasingly demanding high-quality, personal experiences. This is true not only for images, but also for sound. Fraunhofer’s technology meets this demand, and we are thrilled to have joined forces with them to enable personalised and immersive sound for viewers in Brazil and all over the world.”
Demonstrations of MPEG-H audio encoding with Ateme Kyrion will be available at Fraunhofer’s NAB Show booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC, Central Hall, booth #C3529). Ateme will also be on hand to discuss this at its booth W1517.