Monday, December 11, 2023
Location: Rendezvous, 3rd FL
Time: 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Audio in an Immersive, Direct-to-Consumer World

In television, direct-to-consumer distribution is rapidly displacing linear broadcast. In addition to sports-specific services, live sports programming is increasingly joining pre-produced Hollywood content on established premium streaming services where Atmos-enabled TV Sets, soundbars, and mobile devices deliver enhanced surround capabilities alongside UHD and HDR pictures. Meanwhile, outside of the specialized worlds of television and film, the accelerating growth of immersive experiences in music, gaming, and VR has expanded well beyond previously defined boundaries. The transition to streaming also translates to more hours of coverage. New efficiencies, like centralized production hubbing and AI-enabled cloud services, will be essential to cost-efficiently providing immersive and personalized experiences while simultaneously ramping up production. Please join the DTVAG for an examination of how some of our members are innovating to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving television and audio media landscape.

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Opening Remarks

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

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1:45 - 2:00 p.m.

Expanding Consumer Pathways for Premium Atmos and HDR Live Content

As live sports programing migrates to premium streaming platforms, the legacy barriers to improved video and audio are being removed at the same time live content is sharing these distribution channels with higher quality cinematically-derived and premium-episodic content. We take an assessment the transition to HDR video and immersive audio as the default standard for global events and major sports leagues.

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2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Improving Standards for Accessibility and Personalization

The rapidly evolving television distribution landscape has expanded the possibilities for improved accessibly and personalization features, whether by next generation codecs, or by dynamically adaptive streams. This panel will catalog current and future best-in-class solutions as well as examine what legacy platforms can do to raise minimum standards and enhance user experiences.

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2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Audio Production for US Open Tennis

ESPN’s multi-week coverage of the US Open tennis has become a sandbox for new ideas and innovation. Audio production coordinator, Florian Brown shares some highlights from this year’s Open and give us a glimpse of the scale and unique fly-packed audio production model for this event.

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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 Planning for Paris 2024

Karl Malone shares a behind-the-scenes preview of audio production for Paris 2024 Summer Olympics, and will discuss how IP signal acquisition at the venue, and full scale at home production in Stamford, are revolutionizing how audio for the games is created.

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4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

Perspectives on Live Audio Production and Distribution

Our panel will share their perspectives on live audio production and distribution, including the role of the streaming migration on opening up premium immersive production and while expanding the volume of content produced for wide distribution. Our discussion will explore the ongoing transition to production-hubbing and assess the potential future impact of artificial intelligence and large-scale cloud-based production virtualization.

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5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Opening Night Reception in Exhibits

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