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Surround Streaming Is Part of Triton, Fraunhofer Deal

They cite consumer demand for high audio quality

Fraunhofer IIS announced a licensing agreement with Triton Digital’s Streaming Division allowing for use of its surround audio algorithms in delivery of Triton’s streaming Internet radio programming.

Triton Digital encoders will incorporate Fraunhofer’s MPEG Surround and HE-AAC audio codecs, stated Yves Eric Laliberté, president of Triton Digital’s Streaming Division, in a press release.

MPEG Surround is an ISO standard co-developed by Fraunhofer IIS; the organization says it is suitable for bandwidth-efficient surround Internet radio services, allowing delivery of surround audio at stereo bitrates as low as 64 kbps for 5.1 channels.

According to the company it was developed as a response to consumer desire for the highest-quality audio to contend with other HD media competing for their attention.

“The audience expects the highest audio quality, similar to HDTV or DVD, especially when using high-end speakers,” said Harald Popp, Fraunhofer IIS’ head of the Multimedia Realtime Systems department, in a press release.

“This quality expectation often includes surround sound.”