Fraunhofer IIS is pleased to announce the licensing of its MPEG-H
Audio patents to LG Electronics Inc., allowing LG to produce products
which feature MPEG-H Audio.
The MPEG-H Audio system, substantially developed by Fraunhofer IIS, is
specified in TV broadcast standards such as ATSC 3.0 and DVB. Moreover,
MPEG-H Audio has already been successfully tested in many European
countries where digital television systems are based on Digital Video
Other attractive sources of MPEG-H content are immersive music and video
streaming services such as those recently announced at CES 2019 in Las
About MPEG-H Audio
MPEG-H Audio provides immersive sound and enables the viewer to
personalize a program’s audio mix, for instance by switching between
different languages, adjusting the volume of a sports commentator,
enhancing the dialogue, or choosing from various audio description
options. Personalization features like the latter enable broadcasters or
providers of video streaming services to offer more advanced
accessibility services. In terms of content delivery and playback,
MPEG-H Audio’s universal delivery concept ensures the best sound
regardless of the consumer device or listening environment.
MPEG-H Audio is standardized in ATSC 3.0 and DVB, as well as 3GPP. In
South Korea, terrestrial ATSC 3.0 broadcasting with MPEG-H Audio is
already on air, making MPEG-H the world’s first commercialized
next-generation TV-audio technology.
Professional broadcast equipment, including encoders and monitoring
solutions, as well as decoders and consumer products such as TV sets and
soundbars, have been announced and introduced with MPEG-H support.
About Fraunhofer IIS
The Audio and Media Technologies division of Fraunhofer IIS has been an
authority in its field for more than 30 years, starting with the
creation of mp3 and co-development of AAC and HE-AAC. Today, almost all
consumer electronic devices, computers and mobile phones are equipped
with Fraunhofer’s media technologies. The technologies from the fourth
generation of Fraunhofer audio codecs, along with the latest signal
processing solutions, stand for impressive audio experiences and are
tailored to their specific fields of application.
With the test plan for the Digital Cinema Initiative and the recognized
software suite easyDCP, Fraunhofer IIS significantly pushed the
digitization of cinema. The most recent technological achievements for
moving pictures are light-field data processing tools and new low
complexity codec standards for professional video production.
Fraunhofer IIS, based in Erlangen, Germany, is one of 72 institutes and
research units of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Europe’s largest
application-oriented research organization.