New York, NY (October 10, 2016)—The Audio Engineering Society’s Audio Guidelines for Over the Top Television and Video Streaming (AGOTTVS) technical group has announced the publication of preliminary guidelines.
“We are delighted that our work has been published at the time of the AES convention, the right forum for getting the word out,” said Jim Starzynski, Chair of AGOTTVS. “Our paper’s purpose is threefold; first, to create awareness in the industry of a developing loudness problem, also, to invite all professional stakeholders to join our ongoing effort to develop more detailed recommendations, and to supply credible, fundamental loudness guides for actions that can be taken now by content suppliers and distributors.”
The group, which formed in early 2016, had a stated goal to develop a comprehensive recommendation, providing effective guidelines for managing audio loudness of soundtracks of television and video content available to consumers Over-The-Top (OTT) and by Online Video Distributors (OVD). According to the recommendation’s introduction, the group acknowledges that a comprehensive recommendation requires a thorough process of user input, data collection, discussion and drafting—work described as “underway and forthcoming.”
However, the group noted an “urgent need” to publish “Preliminary Loudness Guidelines” that immediately address issues of audio loudness in the developing segment of online television and video content delivery, from creation through distribution and to the consumer experience. With the release of these “Preliminary Loudness Guidelines,” the group also hopes to raise awareness of its forthcoming, comprehensive and ongoing work. Therefore, all interested parties are welcomed to join in the group’s efforts.
This group currently consists of volunteer members with expertise and/or interest in the creation, distribution and emission of professional audio. AGOTTVS membership is open to all stakeholders with a material interest in its work, regardless of AES membership status. Group participants included representatives of Amazon, Apple, BBC, CBS, Dolby, DTS, DTV Audio Group, Fox, Fraunhofer, Google, NBC Universal, Netflix, PBS, Starz and Qualcomm.
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