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ABR streaming needs 5.1 Surround Sound

ABR streaming needs 5.1 Surround Sound | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

As more Pay TV content is delivered as streaming video to the television, so the requirements for improved audio become more obvious. If operators want consumers to move seamlessly between their broadcast and IP services within their UI environment, like when they are watching VOD on hybrid STBs, they need to avoid a sudden loss of quality from, for example, 5.1 Surround Sound to simple stereo.

Raising the streaming Quality of Experience (QoE) to match that of broadcast delivery encompasses many challenges. We need subtitling and audio description to become the norm, and trick-play functions to match a local PVR for content delivered from the cloud. There are high hopes that improved compression and CDN technologies will deliver broadcast-standard picture quality and reliability at some point.

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Good thing but isn't it a niche market in terms of equipment rate ?

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eyeIO's Encoder Gets First-Ever THX Digital Video Certification

eyeIO's Encoder Gets First-Ever THX Digital Video Certification | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

If you've been watching streaming video for as many years as I have, then no doubt you agree that one of the most remarkable changes has been the quality of video delivered. It wasn't that long ago when postage stamp sized windows with audio and video out of synch were the norm, whereas today, we can watch on big screen TVs, with buffering a random occurrence.

But the quality bar is getting even higher as this morning eyeIO ("I-I-O"), an early stage video processing technology company, is announcing it has been awarded THX certification for digital cinema HD video quality, a first for an online video encoder. The certification program objectively tests picture quality using 46 data points in 6 categories that were developed by the major Hollywood studios. A score over 90, on a scale of 100, is viewed as "THX Excellent Quality." eyeIO achieved a score of 95.528 for its H.264 first-generation encoder, when streaming at a rate of 5.8 mbps.

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Dolby flies flag of ABR-friendly audio

Dolby flies flag of ABR-friendly audio | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Audio sometimes gets lost in the noise of video technology. But what more quickly degrades a viewer’s quality of experience (QoE) than a voice not synchronized with picture or loudness levels that fluctuate wildly between channels? The bottom line upfront: Pay TV operators neglect audio at the peril of losing both eyes and ears of their customers.

 

One company that agreed with the need for an efficient solution and went through this process of integrating with Dolby is RGB Networks. The driver from RGB’s perspective was ABR streaming to the set-top box, which has audio requirements higher than second-screen devices.

 

Ramin Farassat, RGB Vice President of Product Marketing and Business Development, said this recent enhancement of Dolby’s technology allows for stereo to run at a low bit rate, and then as network conditions improve, it jumps to 5.1. “If I were doing it with today’s technology, there’s a break,” he said. “With Dolby, it’s a seamless switch.”

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Encoding.com Launches EDC Private Cloud, Targets Premium Content : Dolby Surround, Widevine DRM, UltraViolet

Encoding.com Launches EDC Private Cloud, Targets Premium Content : Dolby Surround, Widevine DRM, UltraViolet | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

With EDC Private Cloud, Jeff Malkin, president of Encoding.com, says his company has solved the problem of premium content, finally bringing cloud encoding to major players. The solution includes fast and secure file ingest and upload (with partner Aspera), high-end processors, and vast storage. One key advantage is EDC Private Cloud's ability to move files quickly: Malkin says it can move files five to six times faster than Amazon can from S3 to EC2.

 

EDC Private Cloud offers Dolby Surround Sound audio, Widevine DRM, and UltraViolet compatibility.

 

Besides winning on speed, Malkin asserts that EDC Private Cloud, which uses an automated workflow, also wins on price. In its beta period, he says, it won RFPs with Synacor and Midwest Tape, turning in prices that are 20 percent of current market pricing.

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NAB 2012: Dolby delivers DASH development kit for multiscreen entertainment

NAB 2012: Dolby delivers DASH development kit for multiscreen entertainment | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Dolby Laboratories has launched a new development kit based on the MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (MPEG-DASH) standard which it believes will enable its partners to deliver high-quality audio for HD streaming.

 

Dolby technology has already been selected by leading online video services including Netflix, HBO Go, Vudu, Best Buy CinemaNow, Samsung Acetrax, Dixons KnowHow Movies, Voddler, Apple iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video.

 

The new development kit will enable current and future partners, such as encoder vendors and digital rights management (DRM) vendors, to implement and test Dolby Digital Plusfor products and services in the online video ecosystem. It includes test vectors as well as specifications that describe how Dolby Digital Plus can be signalled and transported within a multiscreen, connected home environment.

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Dolby Surround Sound Delivered to Connected Digital Home Devices with Adobe AIR

Dolby Surround Sound Delivered to Connected Digital Home Devices with Adobe AIR | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Dolby Laboratories today announced that Adobe AIR 3 will support Dolby Digital Plus to deliver surround sound to connected devices including televisions, set-top boxes, and Blu-ray Disc players. Content aggregators will be able to build Flash-based applications that deliver the complete high-definition entertainment experience with HD video and multichannel Dolby surround sound.

 

Adobe AIR 3 supports streaming of HD video with Dolby Digital Plus for up to 7.1 channels on select connected televisions, Blu-ray Disc players, and set-top boxes.

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Elemental Software Release 2.0 Advances Unified Platform for Multiscreen Video : DASH, HEVC, Access DRM, Dolby for HLS and Smooth... [PR]

Elemental Software Release 2.0 Advances Unified Platform for Multiscreen Video : DASH, HEVC, Access DRM, Dolby for HLS and Smooth... [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Designed to support next-generation GPU and CPU architectures, release 2.0 is now available for Elemental’s suite of products for video processing, packaging and streaming live and on-demand video. The release brings together a host of features for multiscreen video delivery to create a unified platform providing substantial benefit to Elemental customers:

 

•Increased performance – With next-generation processor architectures and an optimized video pipeline, Elemental systems offerdouble the performance and density of previous generation solutions in asingle RU footprint. Increased throughput allows customers tobring multiscreen assets to market more quickly and in a smaller footprint than ever before.

 

•Comprehensive codec support – Support for multiple codecs running simultaneously on a single platform provides customers with aseamless migration path from existing video delivery standards tofuture compression technologies. Elemental solutions offer MPEG-2,H.264, VC-1 and HEVC / H.265 encoding with patented compression technology as well as support for JPEG 2000 and ProRes mezzanineassets. 

 

•Current and future standards – In addition to support for common video streaming protocols such as Adobe RTMP and HTTP DynamicStreaming (HDS), Microsoft Smooth Streaming and Apple HTTP LiveStreaming (HLS), Elemental software supports newly emergingtechnologies including MPEG-DASH, Ultraviolet and 4K Ultra HD.

 

•Advanced encryption and protection – Secure content with a variety of integrated technologies including Civolution forensic watermarkingfor both live and VOD content, Adobe Flash Access, Apple Sample-AES and Microsoft PlayReady as well as DRM solutions from NDS, Verimatrix and Widevine.

 

•Increased monetization – Support for ESAM dynamic ad insertion and Nielsen ID3 tagging give pay TV operators a path to multiscreenvideo delivery and a way to deepen audience engagement andinteraction. Media companies can also take advantage of the Adobe Primetime ecosystem for ad insertion as well as ad integration solutions from BlackArrow and mDialog.

 

•Augmented audio options – With release 2.0, robust support for audio encoding is available across the Elemental product line, includingsupport for DTS Express, Dolby Digital, Dolby E and Dolby DigitalPlus. In addition, release 2.0 features support for Dolby Digital Plus inApple HLS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming, raising the bar for audio fidelity in the streaming market.

 

•Accessibility features – Audio loudness management lets broadcasters adhere to the CALM Act and new captioning features, includingcaption burn-in, SMPTE-TT and SCC file creation let content creatorsadhere to captioning requirements coming into effect later this year.Elemental makes it easy to caption content originally aired on television and destined for delivery over the Internet. 

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Fraunhofer IIS and BuyDRM Demonstrate First-Ever Surround Sound Player for Android Phone with MPEG-DASH and PlayReady [PR]

Fraunhofer IIS and BuyDRM Demonstrate First-Ever Surround Sound Player for Android Phone with MPEG-DASH and PlayReady [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Fraunhofer IIS, the world’s renowned source for audio and multimedia technologies and BuyDRM, the premiere provider of multiscreen media technologies collaborated with HBO Europe's HBO GO broadband SVOD service to showcase the full potential of the new MPEG-DASH ISO standard. As part of the showcase viewers experienced scenes from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire via an Android phone utilizing built-in AAC surround sound technology from Fraunhofer using BuyDRM’s secure video playback client.

 

In combination with MPEG DASH, Android devices become true and trusted consumer platforms allowing HBO Europe to easily offer content in the most efficient, highest-quality way using the AAC Multichannel solution from Fraunhofer. Subscribers to HBO GO on Android can benefit from foolproof surround sound delivered as easy and convenient as watching a BluRay or DVD.

 

Using a variety of KeyOS technologies, BuyDRM’s MPEG-DASH client implementation provides stutter-free streaming as network conditions change. BuyDRM integrated MPEG-DASH support and Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM in the showcase using MPEG video and audio codecs that ship natively with the new Android 4.1 operating system.

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Flash Player and 5.1 Surround Sound

Flash Player and 5.1 Surround Sound | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Surround sound has always been a double edged sword. If you have the proper setup in form of a surround sound receiver/speaker system it’s amazing, but unfortunately the majority of the audience does not - especially if you are distributing online video to the desktop. So is it worth the effort to support it? What are the options, and what formats should you use? Here is an overview of the current surround sound options with AIR and Flash Player.

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Dolby's Atmos technology gives new meaning to surround sound, death from above

Dolby's Atmos technology gives new meaning to surround sound, death from above | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Apparently, the folks at Dolby Laboratories are no longer content with scaring the bejesus out of moviegoers by simply funneling those horrific audio cues from today's standard theater setup. Instead, the mad audio scientists claim they can recreate a more lifelike and sensory audio experience by pushing sound from even more directions -- a feat made possible by the company's new Dolby Atmos technology. By leveraging up to 64 speaker feeds and 128 simultaneous audio inputs, for example, Dolby says it would be possible to more accurately recreate the sound of creepy footsteps coming from the floorboards of a higher floor.

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Thomson Adds Dolby and DASH to ViBE VS7000 [PR]

Thomson Adds Dolby and DASH to ViBE VS7000 [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

ViBE VS7000 video system now provides a full range of Dolby audio technologies. Formerly available with AAC, HE-AAC, and MPEG-1 Layer II audio features, this versatile platform introduces Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital encoding and decoding, as well as Dolby Digital to Dolby Digital Plus transcoding, dramatically enriching the audio processing toolbox of the ViBE VS7000 with authentic surround sound capability.

 

Also new is support for MPEG-DASH on the ViBE VS7000. In addition to the streaming formats already available (Adobe Flash , Apple HTTP Live Streaming, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming), the ViBE VS7000 now offers the brand new MPEG-DASH (dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP) standard, the first version of which was ratified in November 2011.

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Nativ partners with Dolby Labs for encoding and audio analysis for multiscreen delivery

Nativ partners with Dolby Labs for encoding and audio analysis for multiscreen delivery | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Nativ, a content services company specializing in media management and workflow automation, has partnered with Dolby Laboratories to provide Dolby encoding and audio analysis for any platform or device using Nativ’s newly launched Mio On Demand service.

 

The new solution will allow content owners to encode in Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Pulse and utilize a range of advanced analysis tools to provide the highest quality audio visual experience for multiscreen television.

 

Dolby’s professional preprocessing and encoding tool, Dolby Media Generator has been integrated with a workflow and delivery tool and will enable a greater number of content owners to access Dolby’s advanced audio technologies as well as all the benefits of Nativ’s MioEverywhere platform, without the capital expenditure.

 

Mio On Demand will be demonstrated in Dolby Digital Plus at IBC on Dolby stand 2.B28 and Nativ stand 4.A61e.

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