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Bowie Live Concert to Be Broadcast in DTS Digital Surround to Cinemas Via DVB

(CelebrityAccess News Service) – The latest developments in DTS digital broadcast and digital cinema technology will be united in a unique 5.1 surround sound transmission of a live concert by David Bowie, from the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, to cinemas across Europe and North America.

Broadcast live in 5.1-channel DTS 96/24 digital surround sound on September 8 in London, Paris, Munich and Zurich — and re-broadcast on September 15 in the U.S. and Canada — the event will uniquely demonstrate DTS' end-to-end solution for alternative E-cinema programming, by delivering the highest possible audio quality available.

DTS will be encoding the multi-channel audio feed at the concert venue, using its CAE-5 professional broadcast encoder. The DTS encoded signal will be fed to Tandberg MPEG2 encoding equipment for global satellite delivery coordinated by leading live cinema events organiser Quantum Digital, together with a consortium of technology partners around the world. The signal received at the designated cinema sites, using TandbergIntegrated Receiver Decoder devices, will be fed to DTS' new XD10 Digital Cinema Media player, which will output the 96kHz 24 bit-quality surround sound audio.

Ted Laverty, DTS director of business development for broadcast, comments, "We were approached with the aim of delivering the highest possible audio quality for the digital broadcast of this concert at prime sites in Europe and North America. Based on a number of convergent developments, including recent initiatives with the DVB, Swedish Radio's surround sound broadcast and the launch of our XD10 Cinema Media Player, we can offer a fully-integrated engineering solution."

Produced by Sony Music and digitally delivered globally by the UK-based Quantum Digital Network, this broadcast event will mark the launch of David Bowie's new album, "Reality," which will be released September 15 on Iso / Columbia Records. The 90-minute show will be broadcast simultaneously to cinemas via satellite. Cinemas presenting the broadcast in DTS Digital Surround in Europe include Odeon West End in London, CinemaxX in Munich, Cinemax in Zurich and MK2 in Paris.

Marc John from Quantum Digital ( ), also head of Digital Cinema at the UK Odeon cinema chain, said "DTS are taking digital 5.1 audio quality in cinemas to a new height, and their level of expertise and logistical support must be unrivaled. At these select cinemas you will hear the future."
–by Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner