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SBS Conducts Worldwide First Regular Broadcast with Immersive and Interactive Sound Powered by MPEG-H Audio

June 14, 2018 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Good to know
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The opening game of the 2018 Football World Cup in Russia will mark the world’s first regular broadcast with immersive and interactive audio: The South Korean television and radio network company SBS will transmit this match live in Ultra-High Definition (UHD) based on the ATSC 3.0 standard, utilizing the advanced features of Fraunhofer’s MPEG-H TV Audio System, immersive sound and interactive audio.

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Fraunhofer’s xHE-AAC Audio Codec Software Extends Native AAC Support In Android P For Better Quality At Low Bitrates

June 8, 2018 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Good to know, Products & Technologies
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With the release of the Android P Developer Preview 3 (Beta 2), Fraunhofer IIS announces a new version of the popular FDK library which has been a part of Android since 2012. The FDK2 version will bring several new technologies to Android OEMs, service providers and developers, including xHE-AAC for video and music delivery down to 12kbit/s for stereo sound and MPEG-D DRC dynamic range control for better listening in noisy environments.

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Successful Terrestrial And Satellite Reception Of MPEG-H Audio During The Roland Garros French Open

June 8, 2018 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Behind the scenes, Broadcasting, Products & Technologies
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The MPEG-H TV Audio System, developed primarily by Fraunhofer IIS, passed a major milestone in Europe when it was successfully transmitted via satellite and DVB-T2 in the live Ultra HD TV broadcast channel of the Roland Garros French Open tennis tournament.

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Yandex And The Audio Experts of Fraunhofer IIS Team Up To Bring Russian-Speaking Smart Speaker To Market

May 30, 2018 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Communication, Products & Technologies
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Yandex, a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning, has incorporated Fraunhofer’s upHear Voice Quality Enhancement technology into its first smart speaker, enabling the device to accurately hear voice commands issued from anywhere in a room.

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EBU and Fraunhofer IIS Conducted Live MPEG-H Audio Production Trial at Eurovision Song Contest 2018

May 22, 2018 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Behind the scenes, Broadcasting, Products & Technologies
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The European Broadcasting Union EBU and Fraunhofer IIS have successfully conducted the first trial for live production of immersive and interactive sound using the MPEG-H TV Audio System at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in Lisbon, Portugal. For the trial, the Fraunhofer sound engineers installed a height dimension to the impressive microphone setup in the Altice Arena, enabling them to produce an immersive and personalized audio mix live. Broadcasters and sound experts present at the venue could experience the enveloping and interactive MPEG-H sound.

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