DTS Partners With ATEME To Deliver Premium Sound To The Next Generation Of VOD Services


ATEME Transcoders Integrate DTS Neural Surround™ Technology, Allowing Broadcasters to Bring the Surround Sound Experience into the Home

Last Updated: April 17, 2012 4:51 pm GMT
(Las Vegas: NAB 2012--April 17, 2012) DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio, today announced an international agreement with ATEME, the leading provider of efficient video compression technology, to integrate DTS Neural Surround™ technology into its TITAN range of video transcoders, (click to tweet) enabling surround sound in the latest generation of IPTV, OTT and VOD services. This collaboration offers an end-to-end solution that allows broadcasters and service providers to deliver premium entertainment content with immersive audio into the home.

As high speed fiber and ADSL networks continue to expand in order to keep up with the growing demand, ABI Research estimates that worldwide fiber broadband subscriber numbers will more than double by 2016 to 142 million subscribers, up from 69.6 million in 2011. Consumers are increasingly using higher bandwidth services - such as IPTV, OTT & VOD services.

Leading ISP Free SAS (part of the Iliad Group) can now provide the next generation of VOD services that utilize DTS high-quality audio to deliver a superior audio experience to its Freebox subscribers. In a crowded marketplace, Free recognizes that by delivering VOD with high quality audio it can clearly differentiate its offering, and increase subscriber signup and satisfaction and reduce churn.

"ATEME and DTS are providing us with the highest quality encoded content that will drive forward our VOD service. This partnership allows us to take our home entertainment offering to the next stage,” declared Maxime Lombardini, CEO of Iliad, Free's holding company.

“As television viewing habits evolve, we continue to respond to market trends and direct customer demand to deliver an immersive, high-quality audio experience,” noted Rémi Beaudouin, director of product marketing, ATEME. “By incorporating DTS technologies into our TITAN transcoders, we dramatically simplify broadcasters’ workflows; combining DTS high definition audio with our unrivalled video quality is now a one click process.”

DTS Neural Surround enables a seamless conversion between stereo and surround sound audio through a special capture, edit, management and delivery process, allowing broadcast production teams to preserve the integrity of the surround mix while transmitting in a stereo format at the highest possible resolution. DTS Neural Surround™ UpMix technology can output 5.1 or 7.1 multi-channel surround sound from stereo or 5.1 source material, while DTS Neural Surround™ DownMix technology can output stereo or 5.1 content from 5.1 or 7.1 multi-channel source audio. DTS Neural Surround supports legacy audio codecs, such as MPEG, and is a low latency solution that can be edited and monitored in stereo. The end result is that DTS audio solutions deliver an incredible surround sound experience, without a massive impact on broadband bandwidth.

“At DTS, we recognize the paradigm shift in how consumers are interacting with digital media content and are dedicated to partnering with innovative companies, such as ATEME, that adapt to new delivery formats in order to provide high-definition audio to consumers for brilliant streaming media, gaming and TV viewing,” said Brian Towne, executive vice president and chief operating officer of DTS, Inc.

For more information, visit DTS at NAB 2012 booth SU7619 or online at DTS.

ATEME (http://www.ateme.com) is a world leading provider of MPEG-4 / H.264 and MPEG-2 bandwidth efficient compression technology. ATEME encoding solutions are deployed widely for broadcast contribution links, digital TV distribution networks, multi-screen live streaming, OTT and VOD applications.

About Free
Free is a subsidiary of Iliad. The Iliad Group is a major French Internet service and telecommunications provider with Free and Alice (4,849,000 broadband subscribers registered on 12/31/2011), Onetel and Iliad Télécom (landline telecommunication providers), as well as Free Mobile. The Iliad Group is listed on Euronext Paris Eurolist under the ILD stock symbol

About DTS, Inc.
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) is dedicated to making digital entertainment exciting, engaging and effortless by providing state-of-the-art audio technology to hundreds of millions of DTS-licensed consumer electronics products worldwide. From a renowned legacy as a pioneer in multi-channel audio, DTS became a mandatory audio format in the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and is now increasingly deployed in enabling digital delivery of movies and other forms of digital entertainment on a growing array of network-connected consumer devices. DTS technology is in home theaters, car audio systems, PCs, game consoles, DVD players, televisions, digital media players, set-top boxes, smart phones, surround music software and every device capable of playing Blu-ray™ discs. Founded in 1993, DTS' corporate headquarters are located in Calabasas, California with its licensing operations headquartered in Limerick, Ireland. DTS also has offices in Northern California, Washington, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. For further information, please visit http://www.dts.com.


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