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DBS 2016 to feature 15 Workshops

Fifteen workshops on a wide range of topics will be a key element of the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2016. The symposium takes place on 29 February to 3 March at Hotel Istana in Kuala Lumpur. 

Among the workshop sponsors is the DBS’ principal sponsor, WorldDAB, which will present a half-day workshop on 29 February on ‘Moving Forward with DAB+’. Other workshop sponsors include DVB, The Korea Radio Promotion Association (RAPA), EMC Corporation, Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), Rohde & Schwarz, Caton Technology, and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Workshop supporters include Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Radio Television Brunei (RTB), Panasonic and Whiteways Systems Pte Ltd.

In addition, Dolby will hold a special series of five workshops on ‘Next Generation Audio & Video Experience for Broadcast & OTT’, spread over two days. These sessions will include live demonstrations of advanced audio and video techniques and technologies.

The symposium, with the theme ‘Innovating Digital Connections’, is the 12th in a series of annual symposiums staged by the ABU to help radio and television broadcasters and the industry. The Principal Sponsor WorldDAB’s workshop titled ‘Moving Forward with DAB+’ will feature international developments on DAB+, new technical developments on DAB+ including mobile phone integration, building blocks for success – the European Broadcasting Union’s Digital Radio Toolkit, Norway’s now ongoing FM switch-off , among others.

DVB’s workshop titled The Future of TV will focus on the latest development and future directions for DTT and UHD beyond the more pixels. The full-day ‘Preserving Heritage Archives’ workshop will deal with the ‘Management and Digitisation of Audio-Video Archives for Broadcasters’. Supporters are from the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Radio TelevisionBrunei, EMC Corporation, Panasonic and Whiteways. 

The Workshop on New Developments in Audio Content Production organised by ABU Programming will expose radio and TV sound creators, sound recordists and technical professionals to new developments in audio content creation. Ahern Media & Training’s ‘Story Telling in Sound’ will explore new concepts of telling stories in sound and creating attractive soundscapes and Fraunhofer’s ‘Immersive Sound Creation’ will lay out the concept of ‘object based production’ where the immersive effect of soundscape is captured and reproduced without specific microphone and loud speaker positions.

Major Sponsor the Korea Radio Promotion Association (RAPA)’s workshop is titled Korea’s UHD broadcasting Service. Presentations in this workshop are on Korea’s policy to vitalize UHD broadcasting, world’s first terrestrial UHD broadcasting in Korea and trends in UHD broadcasting equipment. Major sponsor EMC Corporation will present on ‘Designing a Cloud-enabled Infrastructure for your Media Digital Transformation’ which will go into depth on the requirements for a digital transformation, showing new architectures for cloudenabled media technology infrastructure and investigating the sizing and alternative options for long-term media archives. Integrating this directly into a modern filebased workflow built on Media Asset Management applications will equip your company with the tools needed to compete in 2016 and beyond.

The Digital Radio Mondiale Workshop titled ‘DRM-For Full and Efficient Country Coverage’ will feature presentations from Fraunhofer, Nautel, Ampegon and the DRM Consortium. Major Sponsor Rohde & Schwarz, a long time supporter of the event, will have two presentations in their workshop. One will focus on ‘Broadcast Live Quality Monitoring and Control’ while the other will present on ‘Delivering an Immersive Viewing Experience’ to a Global Audience made possible by IMF in Higher Dynamic Range. Caton Technology’s presentation will be on ‘Open Internet IP Delivery Make Possible for Live Video Transmission and Fast Files Transferring.’ The workshop sponsored by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation will look into the topic of ‘Advanced Technologies for Digital Inclusion.’

The DBS 2016 Workshops will kick-start in the morning on 29 February with DVB’s ‘The Future of TV’ and the workshop on ‘Management and Digitisation of Audio- Video Archives for Broadcasters’ running in parallel. The detailed event programme is available at