Fraunhofer’s Cingo mobile surround suite and the HE-AAC 5.1 audio codec to be integrated into KT Media Hub video on demand service “olleh tv mobile”

Korea’s Leading Mobile TV Service Provider KT Media Hub Selects Fraunhofer Surround Sound for Mobile Video on Demand

/ 13.11.2014

ERLANGEN, Germany (November 12, 2014) – KT Media Hub’s »olleh tv mobile« video on demand service will now feature superior audio from the world renowned audio experts at Fraunhofer IIS. With the integration of Cingo mobile surround sound technology and adoption of the HE-AAC audio codec, KT’s subscribers will experience unrivaled audio quality with their movies or TV programming while on the move or at home.

olleh tv mobile is the first video on demand service in Korea to use the HE-AAC audio codec to deliver mobile TV content including live broadcast TV, movies, cable programming and new audio channels in true 5.1 surround and stereo sound. With HE-AAC KT Media Hub subscribers will have the ability to play cinema quality surround sound at home by connecting their Android device with an HDMI cable to a surround sound system and TV.

Cingo, the latest audio innovation from Fraunhofer IIS, significantly enhances playback of stereo and surround sound content on mobile devices. It allows for a complete immersion into a film’s sound when listening over headphones on mobile devices in the same way that multichannel audio systems do in theaters. Furthermore, olleh tv mobile subscribers will benefit from the enhanced Cingo experience with the delivery of natural and clear sound even in the noisiest environments.

»The implementation of Cingo and use of HE-AAC for the transmission of 5.1 surround and stereo sound, demonstrates the increased demand for the ability to deliver a true theatrical sound experience to both a mobile devices and home theater systems,« Harald Popp, head of the Audio & Multimedia Business department at Fraunhofer IIS, stated.

»Fraunhofer Cingo and HE-AAC 5.1 enable KT Media Hub to deliver premium content with the best audio quality to our subscribers which will enhance their user experience significantly no matter where they are«, Park Min-kyu, vice president in charge of Mobile TV Service of KT Media Hub, stated.

HE-AAC was co-developed by Fraunhofer IIS and is today’s most efficient high-quality surround and stereo audio codec. It is used in radio, TV and streaming applications and supported by over 7 billion devices worldwide. Its 5.1 version is mandatory part of the Android and iOS operating systems. Cingo is available from Fraunhofer IIS as a product-ready software implementation for mobile device manufacturers, chip set vendors and providers of multimedia services.

The olleh tv mobile app with Cingo and HE-AAC is available to KT Media Hub’s subscribers with Android smartphones and tablet PCs through the Google Play Store.

For more information on HE-AAC and Cingo, please visit www.iis.fraunhofer.de/audio.