David Beckham in Surround Sound as Bayern München take on Real Madrid in Dolby Digital
German satellite broadcaster scores with live Champions League football in surround sound
Wootton Bassett, 24 February 2004--German satellite broadcaster, Sat.1, will be showing FC Bayern München v. Real Madrid
in thrilling Dolby® Digital surround sound on Tuesday, 24 February. The broadcaster is the latest in a high-profile group of
European channels to improve the audience experience using Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, and has been producing
selected UEFA Champions League football games in the format since 17 September.
The first game, FC Bayern München v. Celtic, was broadcast live from the Munich Olympiastadion, and since then five other
games have been broadcast with exciting multichannel audio. When Sat.1 broadcasts games in Dolby Digital, over 3.5 million
viewers across Germany with suitable satellite set-top boxes can connect up their home theatre systems and enjoy enhanced,
exciting, and more realistic top-class football in 5.1 sound. Fans will hear the ball being kicked all over the pitch, the crowd in
the appropriate location cheering or singing, and the unmistakeable crunch sound of a successful tackle when the camera
Since the first match, Sat.1 and BILD have been asking viewers to vote by phone for the German matches they would most like
to see. To date, 190,000 people have voted. And to make the experience even more compelling, Sat.1 has chosen to use the
fast-moving (up to 160km/h) overhead "Camcat" camera, providing exciting images of the action from 40 metres above the
pitch--the first time this has been done in European football broadcasting.
Although various channels across Europe--BSkyB in the UK and ProSieben in Germany for example--have been broadcasting
films in Dolby Digital for several years now, it is only recently that live programming has become more common in surround
sound. Apart from Sat.1, Austrian public broadcaster, ORF, and German satellite channel, Premiere, have both broadcast
games from the Bundesliga, and Germany's ZDF has proved that surround sound is not merely limited to movies and sport with
its popular entertainment show, "Wetten, dass...?", which began transmission in surround sound in October.
Dr. Roger Schawinski, M.D. of Sat.1, commented, "I am delighted to be able to show football fans the best of the best of the
Champions League. Making these soccer matches such a special experience fits very well with the events strategy of Sat. 1. I
believe that our investment in surround sound and advanced camera techniques underlines the importance of the UEFA
Champions League for the viewer, and gives them yet another reason to tune in".
The latest Bayern München game mixed in Dolby Digital will go out on Tuesday 24 February, and from the quarter finals games
will regularly be broadcast in surround sound. The programmes are mixed in the OB truck and optimised and mastered at the
broadcast centre for transmission in Dolby Digital.
For more technical information:
Including information on the types and numbers of mics used, the mixing techniques, and broadcast methods and equipment,
please contact Emma Jeffs, PR Manager on 01793 842195.
About Dolby in Broadcast
Dolby Digital technology intensifies and enhances the digital broadcast experience. Approximately 28 million households
worldwide have Dolby Digital 5.1 home receivers, while roughly 22 million digital cable, satellite, and terrestrial DTV set-top
boxes have been sold to date that deliver a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio stream. As the number of Dolby Digital 5.1-channel devices
continues to rise, more television services are broadcasting in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, delivering an increasing variety of high-
quality programming to their viewers. Worldwide, over 75 TV Networks regularly distribute TV programmes with stunning Dolby
Digital 5.1 surround sound. For a listing of programmes broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, please visit
About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories creates technologies that intensify and enhance the entertainment experience. For nearly four decades,
Dolby has been instrumental in defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems,
cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in
England, the privately held company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing
liaison offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby
technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.
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