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SMPTE Hollywood’s February Virtual Meeting on Next-Gen Audio for ATSC 3.0


SMPTE.logoSMPTE Hollywood‘s next virtual meeting on February 25 will feature representatives from ATSC, Dolby Laboratories, Fraunhofer Institute and Broadway Video to discuss Dolby AC-4, MPEG-H and the future of broadcast audio. The discussion will mainly be about the groundbreaking audio features of ATSC 3.0, the new digital television transmission standard also known as Next Gen TV. Expected to be adopted by broadcasters worldwide, ATSC 3.0 promises to deliver improved home and mobile reception, greater data capacity and better quality, as well as support for the advanced sound codecs Dolby AC-4 and MPEG-H.

This event is scheduled for  Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. PST with Lon Neumann, principal of the Immersive Audio Alliance moderating, and you can register here.  The panel will be live-streamed to SMPTE Hollywood’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) President Madeleine Noland, Dolby Laboratories’ Tim Carroll, Fraunhofer Institute’s Stefan Meltzer and independent media production consultant Roger Charlesworth will discuss the advent of Dolby AC-4 and MPEG-H, and what they mean for the broadcast industry. They will detail the exciting benefits of the new formats, which include rich, immersive sound and the ability to deliver high-quality audio to theaters, homes and mobile devices at lower bandwidth. They will also provide insight into what’s needed to produce and deliver next-generation sound.

Bios for all the panelists and moderator follow:


Madeleine Noland
Madeleine Noland

Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Previously, she chaired the ATSC technology group overseeing ATSC 3.0 as well as various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups. A 15-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Backchannelmedia Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics

Tim Carrolle
Tim Carroll

Tim Carroll is Senior Director Sound Technology, Advanced Media Systems Group in the Office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories. Previously, he was CTO of the Telos Alliance and founder of Linear Acoustics. He served as Broadcast Product Manager at Dolby Laboratories from 1995-2001.

Stefan Meltzer
Stefan Meltzer

Stefan Meltzer is Chief Business Development Manager at Fraunhofer IIS. He previously worked as an independent technology consultant for 11 years. His background also includes posts as CTO at IOSONO and Vice President of Business Development at Coding Technologies.

Roger Charlesworth
Roger Charlesworth

Roger Charlesworth is an independent consultant on media production technology with a long association with Broadway Video, New York, and Saturday Night Live. He also serves as Executive Director of the DTV Audio Group.


Lon Neumann
Lon Neumann

Lon Neumann is a principal of the Immersive Audio Alliance, which designs and implements immersive audio systems. His lengthy background in professional audio includes serving as Western Manager of Field Operations for Sony Pro Audio’s Sony/Philips SACD Super Audio Compact Disc project. He also worked as a field engineer for Mitsubishi Pro Audio Group, NVISION and Linear Acoustic.

You can learn about joining SMPTE at

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