Meetings

AES 145, New York 2018
DTV Audio Group Forum at AES

Television in Transition: Expanding Possibilities for Audio

Thursday, October 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The entire television consumption and distribution ecosystem is being transformed at breakneck speed.  Ubiquitous and cheap wireless and broadband networking; smart TVs and mobile devices; and massively-scalable cloud computing are building a completely new entertainment distribution system practically overnight, upending the traditional broadcast model, and changing viewing habits forever.  This transition from “hardwired” to “virtualized” distribution is expanding the possibilities for television audio innovation, further raising the bar on ultimate quality of premium viewing experiences, while presenting creative challenges in translating these experiences to an ever-widening range of devices.

“The rule book for television distribution is being completely re-written.  The migration away from traditional broadcasting to IP delivery will continue to accelerate the uptake of advanced encoding solutions and sophisticated audio services.  This transition creates new challenges in providing quality and consistency across an ever-widening range of device and environments.  Please join the DTVAG for a discussion of these and other important television audio issues.”

~ Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group

Forum topics will include:

Chasing Quality
The advent of affordable consumer 4K and HDR on TVs and other devices is transforming the home viewing experience.  Combined with the story-telling power of premium episodic content, upscale home viewing is supplanting cinema as the ultimate Hollywood entertainment consumption experience.  Audio has been front and center in this transition as more and more premium content becomes available in Dolby Atmos.  Is this trend sustainable? How are broadcasters and others responding to the demand for premium audio content?

Surround Virtualization
An important aspect of next-generation audio systems is the ability to virtualize surround presentations over a range of devices and environments.  Consumers are already being offered increasingly sophisticated immersive-audio-capable soundbars and TV sets; what are the prospects for enhanced surround virtualization on headphones, earbuds and mobile devices?

Infrastructure and Workflow for Next-Generation Audio
Next-generation audio services greatly increase network operations payloads with additional immersive channels, alternate languages, accessibility features, and all their attendant metadata.  Can linear routing systems keep up with these demands or is SMPTE ST 2110 IP media infrastructure arriving just in time to save the day?  If so, where are we on the attendant standards and operating protocols to make next-gen audio work in the IP domain?  We will debate the issue and take an expert look at the standards crafting work going on behind the scenes.

The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Marches On
Carriers are quickly rolling out services in their newly-acquired 600 MHz blocs making life difficult for wireless mics and other low-power users in many parts of the country.  As the rollout in open blocks continues, stations are beginning to exit their existing allocations and head for new frequencies in an already over-crowded 500 MHz TV band.  What is the long-term feasibility of operating in what remains of the UHF TV band, and are there practical alternatives on the horizon?

Presenters and Panelists Include: 

  • Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group
  • Tim Carroll, Senior Director Technology, Sound Group, Office of the CTO, Dolby Laboratories
  • Stacey Foster, Coordinating Producer, Saturday Night Live
  • Jackie Green, President and Chief Technology Officer, Alteros
  • Scott Kramer, Manager Sound Technology, Netflix
  • Sean Richardson, Executive Director and Principal Audio Engineer, Starz Entertainment
  • Tom Sahara, Vice President Operations and Engineering, Turner Sports, Chairman Sports Video Group
  • Steve Silva, Consultant Technology Strategy, Fox Networks Engineering and Operations
  • Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBC Universal, Chairman DTV Audio Group

The DTV Audio Group Forum at AES is produced in association with the Sports Video Group and is sponsored by:

  • Brainstorm Electronics
  • Calrec/DiGiCo
  • Dale Pro Audio
  • Dolby Laboratories
  • Lawo
  • Sanken

Advanced Audio Symposium for Live Sports Production:

Emerging Trends and Technologies in Sports Audio Production and Distribution

Once again, the DTV Audio Group and SVG, in conjunction with major sports broadcasters, are creating an opportunity for sports mixers, sound designers, and production engineers to familiarize themselves with emerging audio production and distribution technology and to explore and discuss how these will impact their work.

DATE: Wednesday, July 18th through Friday, July 20th, 2018
LOCATION: Westin Hotel at Detroit Metro

In order to facilitate travel in and out for the greatest number of attendees, and to minimize ground transfers, we have once again selected the Westin Hotel at Detroit Metro for the 2018 conference venue.  Detroit Metro has direct service from most major US and European cities, and the Westin hotel is directly connected to the airport concourse, including a dedicated TSA line from the hotel lobby.  Working around sports schedules, DTVAG, SVG, and participating networks have selected Thursday, July 19th, with travel dates of the 18th and 20th. Attendees will arrive the evening of July 18th for a reception with all-day sessions on the 19th, followed by dinner and outbound travel the morning of the 20th.

TOPICS:

  • Dolby Atmos-based object audio for personalization and enhanced surround
  • Sound design, mixing, monitoring, contribution encoding strategies for enhanced surround
  • IP production infrastructure and IP audio transport technology and solutions
  • Advanced microphone technology for digital, networked, array, and surround microphones
  • Audio for VR
  • Live production assisted-mixing technologies
  • Responding to the wireless spectrum crunch
  • Evolving consumer audio experience; virtualized sound bars and headphones,

ATTENDANCE:

The event is fully-hosted for attendees, who are selected by invitation only. DTVAG and SVG have coordinated with CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and Turner Sports to attendance from top mixers and key network audio staff.  Other important mixers, technologists and key service providers have also been invited to attend.

PRESENTERS:

Presenters will include network, and manufacturer’s technology leaders along with prominent mixers engaged in pioneering emerging technologies and workflows.  We will also create opportunities for exchanges of ideas and discussion amongst attendees.

SPONSORSHIP:

Lead Sponsor: Dolby Laboratories

Co-sponsors: Audio-Technica, Calrec, Dale Pro Audio, JBL, Lawo, and Shure.

CONTACT:

Please contact Andrew Lippe at [email protected] regarding registration and accommodations.


DTV Audio Group at NAB 2018

Advanced Audio Production and Distribution Seminar

The DTV Audio Group, in association with the Sports Video Group, invites you to attend the 2018 [email protected] Advanced Audio Production and Distribution Seminar.

DATE: Sunday, April 8th, 2018
LOCATION: Alexis Park Hotel at 375 East Harmon Avenue in Las Vegas.

12:00 p.m.: REGISTRATION, LIGHT LUNCH PROVIDED

1:00 p.m.: OPENING REMARKS
Roger Charlesworth
, Executive Director, and DTVAG

1:10 p.m.: ST 2110 AND RELATED STANDARDS
Thomas Edwards, Vice President of Engineering & Development, Fox Networks Engineering and Operations

1:30 p.m.: AES67 UPDATE
Kevin Gross, Principal, AVA Networks

1:40 p.m.: AUDIO METADATA IN LIVE IP STREAMS
Kent Terry, Senior Manger, Audio Technology, Office of the CTO, Dolby Laboratories

2:00 p.m: ATSC 3.0 AUDIO, UP AND RUNNING
Tim Carroll, Senior Director Technology, Sound Group, Office of the CTO, Dolby Laboratories

2:20 p.m.: DOLBY ATMOS IMMERSIVE AUDIO FOR LIVE PRODUCTION
Rob France, Senior Marketing Manager, Dolby Laboratories

2:40 p.m.: VIRTUALIZED REMOTE PRODUCTION
Pete Walker, Product Manager, Calrec
Larissa Göerner, Strategic Product Manager, Net Insight

3:00 p.m.: BREAK

3:30 p.m.: LOCAL AREA WIRELESS MICROPHONE NETWORKS
Jackie Green, President and Chief Technology Officer, Alteros

3:40 p.m.: OLYMPICS AUDIO: RECAP PYEONGCHANG
Karl Malone, Director of Sound Design, NBC Sports and Olympics

4:30 p.m.: REINVENTING AUDIO FOR AN EVOLVING TELEVISION EXPERIENCE
Fred Aldous, Lead Audio Consultant and Senior Audio Engineer, Fox Sports
Stacey Foster, President Production Services, Broadway Video, and Coordinating Producer, Saturday Night Live
Scott Kramer, Manager, Sound Technology, Netflix
Sean Richardson, Executive Director, Principal Audio Engineer, Starz Entertainment
Jim Starzynski, Director and Principal Audio Engineer, NBC Universal, Chairman DTVAG

5:30 p.m.: MEETING ADJOURNED, RECEPTION IN FOYER

SPONSORED BY:          

Registration for this free-of-charge event is now open, and all members of the digital television audio community are invited to attend.

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AES 143, New York 2017

DTV Audio Group Forum at AES
Television Audio in the Streaming Age: Mobile Takes the Forefront and the Spectrum Crunch Arrives

Friday, October 20, 3:30 pm — 6:00 pm
LOCATION: 1E15/16 – HALL 1E

The explosion of television streaming is rapidly eclipsing traditional over-the-air broadcasting and MVPD distribution. While streaming opens the door to new features of personalization, accessibility, and immersive sound, the growing proliferation of mobile and fixed devices challenge us to adapt content to a range of listening conditions while attempting to maintain consistency and protect the creative intent of content providers.

“The impact of streaming has up-ended the entire television industry. The migration from traditional broadcasting to an IP stream-based model will continue to accelerate the uptake of advanced encoding solutions with sophisticated audio services while creating new challenges of providing quality and consistency across an ever-widening range of device and environments.”~ Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group

Please join the DTVAG for a discussion of these and other important television audio issues.

Discussion topics will include:

Television Audio in the Streaming Age: Mobile Takes the Forefront and the Spectrum Crunch Arrives
The explosion of television streaming is rapidly eclipsing traditional over-the-air broadcasting and MVPD distribution. While streaming opens the door to new features of personalization, accessibility, and immersive sound, the growing proliferation of mobile and fixed devices challenge us to adapt content to a range of listening conditions while attempting to maintain consistency and protect the creative intent of content providers.

“The impact of streaming has up-ended the entire television industry. The migration from traditional broadcasting to an IP stream-based model will continue to accelerate the uptake of advanced encoding solutions with sophisticated audio services while creating new challenges of providing quality and consistency across an ever-widening range of device and environments.”~ Roger Charlesworth, Executive Director, DTV Audio Group 

The Big Convergence
Streaming technology, social media, and IP infrastructure are beginning to converge to enhance the personalization of television content. To what degree will proliferating smart devices and apps connect with the growing intelligent media cloud to enable “self-driving” enhanced audio features? How are mobile video players and technology providers coming together with content creators to evolve our television listening experience?

The Challenges of Loudness and DRC Management in Mobile
As the center of gravity for television viewing shifts to mobile experiences, are the tools in place to appropriately manage target playback loudness and dynamic range for a variety of listening scenarios? Can existing metadata tools be better leveraged to address current challenges? What are the prospects for new CODEC-independent loudness and DRC metadata approaches?

Phase Zero: The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Starts Now
The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Starts Now: With the spectrum auction completed and carriers already rolling out services in their newly acquired 600 MHz blocs, production using wireless is already getting a lot trickier in some places. As the rollout in open blocs continues, and as stations begin to exit their existing allocations, things are about to get much more crowded. How bad will the crunch get and what emerging technologies or evolving practices can help to ease the inevitable crowding?

Presenters and Panelists Include:
Tim Carroll, Dolby Laboratories, Senior Director, Office of the CTO
Roger Charlesworth, DTV Audio Group, Executive Director
Michael Englehaupt, Graham Media Group, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Stacey Foster, Broadway Video, President, Production Services; Saturday Night Live, Coordinating Producer; and Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Technical Consultant
Jackie Green, Alteros, President and Chief Technology Officer
Scott Norcross, Dolby Laboratories, Manager, Sound Platform Group, Office of the CTO
Jeffery Riedmiller, Dolby Laboratories, Vice President, Sound Group, Office of the CTO
Sean Richardson, Starz Entertainment, Executive Director and Principal Audio Engineer
Tom Sahara, Turner Sports, Vice President, Operations and Engineering; and Sports Video Group, Chairman
Steve Silva, Fox Networks Engineering and Operations, Consultant, Technology Strategy
Jim Starzynski, NBC Universal, Director and Principal Audio Engineer; and DTV Audio Group, Chairman
James Stoffo, Radio Active Designs, Chief Technology Officer and Principal

The DTV Audio Group Forum at AES is produced in association with the Sports Video Group and is sponsored by:
Calrec
DAD
Dale Pro Audio
DiGiCo
Dolby Laboratories
Lawo
Sanken

To register for the event, please click HERE.
For more details about AES NY, please click HERE.

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