We believe it is important to make solutions openly available to the industry in
specifications and standards issued by organizations such as the Advanced
Television Systems Committee (ATSC), Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB),
European Broadcasting Union (EBU), International Telecommunication Union (ITU),
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), and European
Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
We have helped lead the industry in standardizing technology and processes for
content creation and interchange. For example, Dolby and the BBC co-chaired
the ITU group that led development of the key audio definition model. This
international recommendation supports descriptions for channels, objects, HOA
(Higher Order Ambisonics), binaural, and bitrate-compressed audio elements. It
is an important milestone in enabling the open interchange of next-generation
immersive and personalized content.
In addition, we are working with NHK and others on next-generation loudness
recommendations through the ITU. This is a continuation of Dolby’s
decades-long commitment to ensuring that the broadcast industry has a
reliable system for consistently managing loudness.
In standards discussions, our message is,
“We’ll continue providing the full service support for our
technology that you’ve come to expect from us.”
The NorDig standards body, confirmed today that Dolby AC-4 has been officially added as well as the only next generation audio codec for the forthcoming NorDig specification v3.1.
The specification will require all HEVC enabled receivers (set top boxes and TVs) to support Next Generation Audio Dolby AC-4.
This covers cable, satellite, terrestrial networks as well as both free and pay platforms that distribute content from NorDig broadcasters in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Ireland.