Monday, December 12, 2022
Location: Rendezvous, 3rd Floor
Time: 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Connecting Immersive Audio, Streaming, Personalization, AI, IP, and the Cloud

Television distribution continues to be revolutionized by an accelerating transition to direct-to-consumer streaming and the adoption of cloud-based workflows. Atmos-enabled TV Sets, soundbars, and mobile devices are bringing enhanced surround capabilities to millions of viewers accompanied by an expanding selection of 4K and HDR premium content from multiple competing platforms. As live sports production races to keep up, the task of leveraging emerging technologies to cost-efficiently create premium immersive audio experiences, and expanded personalization and accessibility options, becomes an urgent task for audio professionals to collaborate in addressing.

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Presented by:
Roger Charlesworth
, DTV Audio Group, Executive Director
Jim Starzynski, NBC Universal, Director and Principal Audio Engineer; DTV Audio Group, Chairman

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1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Global Event Production and Distribution for Atmos

Production and distribution of immersive audio has become the norm for global events as it is increasingly for major global sports leagues. We’ll survey the World Cup rights holders distributing in Dolby Atmos and Vison and talk about recent moves by entities like Bundesliga and their rights holder to transition to HDR video and immersive audio.
Speaker: Carlos Watanabe, Dolby Laboratories, Director of Pay TV and Streaming

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2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Accessibility and Personalization

We will have an update from Comcast’s Mark Francisco on ongoing efforts to advance inclusivity forward with Comcast products and services, including audio initiatives for enhanced accessibility. Additionally, we will look at developments in the deployment by European broadcasters of object-based personalization and accessibility features, which leverage next generation audio systems, along with advances in establishing open serial ADM metadata standards for object audio.
James Cowdery, Dolby Laboratories, Senior Staff Architect
Mark Francisco, Comcast, Fellow, Accessibility and Inclusive Experiences

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2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Audio Implications of Dynamic Adaptive Content Streaming

In transitioning from linear broadcast to streamed distribution of live content, the rigid ATSC standards-based rules for audio shift to a more fluid model that can accommodate more devices and multiple concurrent audio streams and codecs, but where ad hoc practices do not guarantee consistent quality or support for the original program format. We will examine how dynamic adaptive streaming works and discuss the implications for audio in both the opportunities it creates and the manner in which current practices can fall short.
Speaker: Derik Yarnell, Comcast Cable, Principal Architect

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2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Spectrum Planning for Paris 2024

We’ll examine the unprecedented demand for spectrum at the Paris 2024 games, and look in on some of the ongoing planning to manage it.
Speaker: Prakash Moorut, Shure, Global Head of Spectrum and Regulatory Affairs

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3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Networking Break in Exhibits

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3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Audio Production in the Cloud

Cloud-based live production has become a reality for many, but audio capabilities have so far lagged behind. We will examine the inherent challenges of deploying cloud-based mixing systems, how these are being overcome, and what the prognosis is for higher channel counts, adequate bussing, and support for Atmos and 5.1.
Tom Knowles, Solid State Logic, Product Manager, Broadcast Systems
Dave Letson, Calrec Audio Limited, Vice President, Sales

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4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Perspectives on Live Audio Production

Our panel will share their individual perspectives to the ongoing challenges of live audio production, including adapting to IP environments, addressing recruiting and training, expanding diversity, accessibility, and inclusiveness, implementing best practices, and expanding immersive production.
Florian Brown, ESPN, Senior Audio Engineer and Audio Production Consultant
Karl Malone, NBC Sports and Olympics, Senior Director of Audio Engineering
Neal Roberts, Warner Brothers Discovery, Senior Director of Live Experiences

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5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Opening Night Reception in Exhibits

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