Representatives from ATSC, Dolby Laboratories, Fraunhofer Institute and Broadway Video to discuss Dolby AC-4, MPEG-H and the future of broadcast audio.

LOS ANGELES —  At its February virtual meeting, SMPTE Hollywood will host a panel of broadcast experts for a discussion of 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.

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.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. PST. Lon Neumann, principal of the Immersive Audio Alliance, will moderate. Register here.


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 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 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 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 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. 

What: SMPTE Hollywood February Virtual Meeting: Next Generation Audio for ATSC 3.0

When: February 25, 2021, 6:00 p.m. PDT


The event will also be live-streamed on the SMPTE Hollywood Facebook and YouTube pages.

About the SMPTE® Hollywood Section

The Hollywood Section of SMPTE® was initially organized as the West Coast Section in 1928. Today, as its own SMPTE Region, it encompasses more than 1,200 SMPTE Members with a common interest in motion-imaging technology in the Greater Los Angeles area. The Hollywood Section offers free meetings monthly that are open to SMPTE Members and non-members alike. Information about meetings is posted on the Section website at

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