Dolby Laboratories, Inc., the developer of the AC-4 standard, today announced a collaboration with Top Victory Investments Ltd. to promote the adoption of Dolby® AC-4 in its affiliate TP Vision’s televisions for next-generation broadcast systems and streaming Internet content. This collaboration follows the recent commitments from Sony Visual Products and VIZIO to promote Dolby AC-4.
A powerful new audio format in the Dolby Audio™ family, Dolby AC-4 enables the most efficient delivery of premium consumer experiences to TVs and other consumer devices. Its practical, scalable, and flexible tools are built on state-of-the-art technology and Dolby’s decades of proven know-how in the broadcast industry. Dolby AC-4 is available now for product development and is targeted for availability in consumer TVs starting in 2017.
“With Dolby AC-4 already available in the DVB Audio/Video Toolbox for use in DVB broadcast systems, collaborating with Dolby will ensure that we have this new technology ready in our products when it becomes adopted by country standards in our key markets,” said Tim Vanvaerenbergh, Senior Product Manager, TP Vision. “As the manufacturer of Philips branded TVs worldwide (excluding North America, India and mainland China), we are excited to bring enhanced audio experiences to our customers.”
Dolby AC-4 provides new solutions for the current challenges broadcasters face—such as more-efficient delivery of high-quality experiences, alternate language versions, and services for hearing-impaired and visually impaired audiences—while providing a platform for new experiences from broadcast and Internet OTT services. As television evolves from 5.1-channel audio to new paradigms that include more personal and immersive experiences, the object-based audio capabilities of Dolby AC-4 will be essential to realizing this next generation of television entertainment.
“We are very excited to add TP Vision to the growing list of CE manufacturers, SOC providers, and professional partners who support Dolby AC-4,” said Giles Baker, Senior Vice President, Broadcast Business Group, Dolby. “Dolby is committed to enabling powerful next generation audio experiences to consumers in the living room with Dolby AC-4 technology, and our collaboration with TP Vision brings us one step closer to delivering on this goal.”
Dolby will work closely with device OEMs including TP Vision, Sony Visual Products and VIZIO, as well as broadcasters and OTT service providers to progress the industry’s experience and increase consumer awareness of next-generation audio entertainment experiences delivered in Dolby AC-4.
About Dolby Audio
Dolby Audio™ is a set of robust technologies that deliver rich, clear, powerful sound in the cinema, at home, and on the go. It makes entertainment more compelling by providing a vibrant audio experience for content that is broadcast, downloaded, streamed, played in cinemas, or enjoyed via disc.
About Dolby AC-4
A powerful new audio format in the Dolby Audio™ family, Dolby AC-4 addresses the current and future needs of next-generation video and audio entertainment services including broadcast and Internet streaming.
The core elements of Dolby AC-4 have been standardized with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute as TS 103 190 and adopted by DVB in TS 101 154, and they are ready for adoption for next-generation services and specifications. Rooted in generations of broadcast audio experience, Dolby AC-4 provides the content and device industries a strong foundation to collaboratively build leading-edge audio experiences that meet the needs of consumers.
About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and powerful in Dolby®. For more information, please visit www.dolby.com.
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