TV3 puts a Plus into Champions League Final

Catalan broadcaster TV3 has made the move to Dolby Digital Plus transmissions and broadcast the UEFA Champion League Final live in the format last Saturday, writes Kevin Hilton. The timing proved good for the broadcaster’s new high definition/surround sound service as local heroes FC Barcelona won the trophy 3-1 against Manchester United.
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Catalan broadcaster TV3 has made the move to Dolby Digital Plus transmissions and broadcast the UEFA Champion League Final live in the format last Saturday, writes Kevin Hilton. The timing proved good for the broadcaster’s new high definition/surround sound service as local heroes FC Barcelona won the trophy 3-1 against Manchester United. The Final was televised from Wembley Stadium in London, with facilities supplied by a number of leading UK OB companies, including NEP Visions. The broadcast reached an estimated international audience of 100 million and was available in 3D as well as HD. TV3 has been at the forefront of digital broadcasting in Spain and is now among the first terrestrial HDTV channels in the country to offer Dolby Digital Plus. “The HD experience is all about the very best quality and that not only means HD pictures but improved, high definition audio as well,” comments Amadeu Gasso, head of projects at TV3. “Our viewers demand quality sound, especially if they have invested in a home theatre system, and the UEFA Champions League final is the perfect event to match superb HD images with cinematic Dolby 5.1 audio.” Dolby Digital Plus audio is part of the Spanish digital terrestrial mandatory specification. At the beginning of this year TV3 announced that it would broadcast this season’s Formula 1 Motor Racing Championship in HD, with Dolby Digital Plus for discrete 5.1 surround sound. www.tv3.cat

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