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 SVG/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.|
|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 will take an assessment of the transition to HDR video and immersive audio as the default standard for global events and major sports leagues.
|2:00 - 2:15 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. What are the current and future best-in-class solutions and what can legacy platforms do to raise minimum standards and enhance user experiences?
|2:15 - 2:30 p.m.|
Enabling Next Generation Audio and Video in ST-2110 Infrastructures
As European broadcasters begin to finally roll-out next generation audio codecs, they are able to take advantage of the expanding capabilities of ST-2110 to support more audio channels, along with reliable transport of audio and video metadata throughout the production process. We will take a look at how ST-2110-enabled plant architecture is empowering HDR and immersive audio, along with object audio-enhanced accessibility and personalization features coordinated via serial ADM.
|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.
|3:00 - 3:45 p.m.|
Networking Break in Exhibits
|3:45 - 4:15 p.m.|
Audio Production Planning for Paris 2024
Karl Malone shares a behind-the-scenes preview of audio production for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. He 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.
|4:15 - 4:30 p.m.|
Cloudy with a Chance of AI
An impact of the transition to streamed distribution of sports content is the ability to cover more events simultaneously and thus the need to do so without greatly expanding staffing or facilities. Inevitably the result will be to move more production into the cloud. While sophisticated audio solutions are starting to emerge, does moving to the cloud create an opportunity to leverage AI-powered autonomous mixing at the same time? Rob Oldfield provides a behind the scenes look at the solutions being tested and deployed now.
|4:30 - 5:00 p.m.|
Perspectives on Live Audio Production and Distribution
Panelists will share their perspectives on live audio production and distribution, including the role of the streaming migration on opening up premium immersive production, while expanding the volume of content produced for wide distribution. This 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.
|5:30 - 6:30 p.m.|
Opening Night Reception in Exhibits