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. In addition to the interactive and immersive features, the MPEG-H TV Audio System enables cost effective delivery of streaming and television audio at comparably low bit rates for broadcasters and streaming services. “We are happy to supply our MPEG-H TV Audio System software for bringing TVs to the market with groundbreaking next-generation audio codec features. The launch of the UHD TV system in South Korea with MPEG-H Audio is the first service realizing our vision to deliver personalized immersive sound to TV audiences,” said Harald Popp, head of the Audio and Media Technologies Business Department of Fraunhofer IIS.
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