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DTS tech partners add MPEG-DASH live-streaming support for DTS-HD content

September 17th, 2013 Posted in IBC Headlines By SVG Staff

DTS, a leader in high-definition audio solutions and audio enhancement technologies, announced that Elemental Technologies, a leading supplier of video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, and castLabs, a mobile video technologies and services company, will support live streaming of DTS-HD content through the MPEG-DASH format. This will allow streaming of immersive DTS-HD for applications such as live sports and music events.

DTS-HD is a high performance discrete audio codec designed specifically to enable streaming services to deliver content to consumers in immersive 5.1 surround sound. A universal adaptive streaming format, MPEG- DASH enables high-quality streaming of media content to Internet-connected TVs, set-top boxes, PCs and mobile devices.

“castLabs is proud to work with Elemental Technologies and DTS on enabling the next level of bit rate- adapted, immersive video experiences, based on HEVC and DTS-HD Layered Audio, unleashing the full power of MPEG-DASH,” said Michael Stattman, CEO of castLabs.

Elemental Technologies will integrate DTS-HD via MPEG-DASH within Elemental Live, its video processing system that provides real-time video and audio encoding for linear TV broadcast, as well as live streaming to new media platforms. castLabs will support playback of DTS audio technology in all major streaming formats and current generation (AVC/H.264) and next generation video formats (HEVC/H.265) on its Android and iOS players.

“Integrating DTS- via MPEG-DASH with Elemental products helps raise the quality bar while simplifying customer operations,” said Aslam Khader, chief product officer for Elemental. “This solution lets media customers and their consumers experience an exceptional level of audio quality regardless of the chosen viewing device.”
“With these integrations by Elemental and castLabs, DTS-HD will be available via live streaming for the first time in MPEG-DASH format,” said Mark Johnson, vice president, of streaming and media solutions for DTS. “DTS is proud to collaborate with market-leading companies like Elemental and castLabs to deliver top-quality consumer audio experiences across devices using the latest streaming formats.”

DTS will demonstrate how these integrations create an end-to-end solution—from content encoding and stream packaging to streaming playback on a tablet—at its IBC stand.

DTS also announced that Digital Rapids, trusted provider of innovative solutions and technology for transforming content to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably, will support the production of DTS-HD content in the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and Microsoft Smooth Streaming formats.

“Adaptive bit rate streaming technologies have been critical in enabling the delivery of reliable, high-quality media streams to viewers across a broad range of devices under varying network and playback conditions. Premium-quality audio is a crucial aspect of consumers’ multi-screen media experiences, and we’re pleased to support DTS audio technologies within our rich output capabilities for adaptive streaming delivery,” said Mike Nann, director of marketing and communications at Digital Rapids.

Lastly, DTS announced that Bouygues Telecom of France will now be offering DTS 5.1 surround sound on Bouygues Telecom Bbox Sensation’s video on-demand (VOD) service. Delivering the ultimate on-demand entertainment experience to Bouygues Telecom’s IPTV, cable and fibre customers, DTS 5.1 surround sound, powered by DTS’ advanced Neural UpMixTM solution, enables an immersive HD-quality audio experience that equals the visual clarity of HD video.

“Through this collaboration, our catalog of DTS-encoded Bbox VOD movies will be able to be enjoyed by our customers in immersive 5.1 surround sound directly in their living rooms,” said Franck Abihssira, vice president broadband access, contents and services, at Bouygues Telecom. “This is the first time customers of a VOD service in France will have access to outstanding surround sound technology from the same company that delivers HD-quality audio on Blu-rayTM movies. We are excited to begin offering this premiere audio technology to our customers later this month.”

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