ITU Submits New Broadcast 'Immersive' Audio Standard for Approval | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) |

The International Telecommunications Union has announced a new audio standard candidate for next generation immersive and personalized audio systems for TV and radio.

The new draft Recommendation “Advanced Sound System for Programme Production” is being submitted to ITU membership for the combined adoption and approval procedure.

The ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector’s Study Group 6—which established 5.1 channels as the surround sound standard for broadcasting two decades ago—says the new system will allow TV audiences to be “enveloped” in the sound as it traces the source of the audio track both laterally and vertically across the screen.

The ITU says it has developed a “single, coherent approach” that will provide the sufficient flexibility needed to allow various techniques to adapt to the newly proposed standard.