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News from the Digital Radio World – Part 2

February 23, 2017 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Broadcasting, Good to know
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Last week we reported about current developments in digital radio in Europe. In today’s article, we will look at the expansion of digital radio in other continents, with focus on India.

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World Radio Day: Recent Developments in Digital Radio

February 13, 2017 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Broadcasting, Good to know
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Today, February 13, is World Radio Day! What an opportunity to take a closer look at the most recent developments around the expansion of digital radio. Only last week, the EBU published its second Digital Radio Report, stating that 1206 European radio stations are currently broadcasting via DAB or DAB+, of which 369 are digital-only. This is by far not the only recent advancement in this area.

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MPEG-H now Included in DVB Specification

January 31, 2017 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Broadcasting
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The latest development in digital television is the leap from HD to Ultra High Definition (UHD). This brings with it with a revolution in TV sound: in the future, TV viewers will be able to not only experience 3D audio in the comfort of their own homes, it will also be possible for them to adjust the audio settings of single TV shows according to their specific preferences. To this end, the audio codec MPEG-H has been integrated into the DVB UHD standard.

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LG Licenses MPEG-H Software from Fraunhofer IIS for 2017 TV Models

January 11, 2017 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Broadcasting, Products & Technologies
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The impending launch of the UHD TV service in South Korea, based on ATSC 3.0, marks the world’s first system using a next-generation audio codec in a regular broadcast service. The implementation of the MPEG-H TV Audio System, the next-generation audio technology mainly developed by the world-renowned audio experts at Fraunhofer IIS, provides consumers with innovative capabilities such as immersive sound for a natural listening experience, and the ability to personalize the audio mix. In early 2017, LG will deliver new television models with the MPEG-H TV Audio System.

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Fraunhofer IIS Brings Immersive Sound to Consumers’ Homes through MPEG-H Enabled 3D Soundbar

January 9, 2017 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Products & Technologies
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Fraunhofer IIS, main inventor of the mp3 and AAC audio codecs, uses Texas Instruments (TI’s) 66AK2G02 DSP + ARM System on Chip (SoC) to transform the consumers’ audio experience. In early 2017, Fraunhofer IIS will introduce an MPEG-H enabled immersive soundbar and audio video receiver (AVR) reference design allowing convenient delivery of 3D sound into consumers’ homes, bringing audio quality to new levels.

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