​BBright And Dolby Upgrade UHD-Play

French firm BBright has collaborated with Dolby Labs to develop “unmatched file playback and playout” from its 4K/Ultra HD servers, including Dolby’s advanced audio codec, Dolby AC-4.

The UHD-Play supports Dolby AC-4, as well as all other Dolby audio formats, including Dolby E, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital. Other developments include increasing the 3G-SDI outputs to 64 channels, which is important for advanced audio streams. This positions the UHD-Play as a unique reference source in the 4K/UHD world according to the companies.

“Dolby Audio unlocks the full potential of audio with the next-generation Dolby AC-4 format,” commented Mathias Bendull, vp, broadcast consumer audio, Dolby Laboratories. “It’s the most efficient way for your service to deliver a complete audio experience to viewers in the living room, on mobile devices, and everywhere in between. And it will change the way your viewers enjoy both today’s and tomorrow’s entertainment.

He added, ”Global broadcasters are testing advanced audio solutions such as Dolby Atmos to provide their customers with next-generation entertainment experiences. To enable this push into the future of sound, broadcasters will need next generation UHD/4K servers. In collaboration with Dolby, BBright has developed an excellent solution for broadcasters, network operators and IPTV providers whose customers continue to demand the best in entertainment.”

“We are truly excited to collaborate with high caliber technological partners such as Dolby Laboratories in order to achieve dramatically improved, immersive Ultra HD broadcast experiences for our customers. This partnership enables the seamless delivery of next-generation audio codecs such as Dolby AC-4, providing breathtaking audio experiences and a bevy of new features,” said Guillaume Arthuis – BBright President.

Dolby first trialled the BBright UHD-Play server in 2014.

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