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dbx-tv engineers present perceived broadcast TV audio levels paper at AES Society Convention

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

THAT Corporation's dbx-tv engineers, Matt Easley and Chris Hanna, presented their paper, A Survey of Broadcast Television Perceived Relative Audio Levels, on October 10, 2009, at the poster session, "P11 - Sound in Real Spaces" of the 127th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention.

Consumers and Retailers to Bear Burden of Stereo-Optional Converter Boxes during DTV Transition

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

THAT Corp. Calls for Full-Disclosure Labeling about Lack of Built-in Stereo Sound for Americans Relying on NTIA Subsidy Program

July 25, 2007, Washington, DC – In a letter addressed to the Assistant Secretary for Communication and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, THAT Corporation Chief Executive Officer Leslie Tyler called for full disclosure in the form of prominent labeling of the capabilities and more importantly-the limitations-of the hotly anticipated digital television transition (DTV) converter boxes. Under the current NTIA converter box specifications, stereo sound, also known as BTSC, is optional and will only be included at the discretion of individual manufacturers. In fact, based on these specifications, the DTV transition could result in a degraded television viewing experience for as many as 75 million Americans who will likely rely on the converter boxes to receive digital signals starting in February 2009.

Consumer Advocates Take Stand on Americans Overlooked by the DTV Transition

Monday, July 23, 2007

AARP, CEA, Consumers Union, Minority Media Council, NAACP, and THAT Corp. to Address DTV Transition Shortfalls during July 25th Capitol Hill Forum


Washington, DC, July 23, 2007 – On Wednesday, July 25th, representatives from AARP, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Consumers Union, NAACP, the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council and THAT Corporation will take a hard look at the impact of the looming DTV transition on millions of low-income and minority communities who have been overlooked in governmental preparation.

THAT Corp Rallies the Government to Reconsider Technical Specifications for Eligible Converter Boxes

Monday, June 11, 2007

Will the Government Steal Your Stereo?

June 11, 2007, Washington, DC – In a letter addressed to several members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, THAT Corporation Chief Executive Officer Leslie Tyler rallied the government to consider the television viewing experience of the more than 75 million Americans who own analog televisions, the kinds that rely on rooftop antennas, that will be adversely affected by the transition, if stereo sound is not made a mandatory component of the technical specifications of eligible converter boxes.

THAT Joins Panel to Address Digital TV Transition Shortfalls

Monday, June 11, 2007

Organizations Take a Hard Look at Americans Overlooked by the Digital Television Transition


Washington, DC, June 6, 2007 – On Monday, June 11, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and THAT Corporation will take a hard look at the millions of low-income and minority communities who have been overlooked in governmental preparation for the digital television transition (DTV) during a one-hour roundtable discussion.

AKM Launches an Industry First Single-Chip Digital BTSC Decoder

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Milford, Massachusetts – THAT Corporation today announced the launch of a dbx-tv enabled BTSC TV-sound decoder IC by licensee Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co., Ltd. of Tokyo Japan (AKM). This new chip, the AK4140, is a complete, single-chip, alignment-free digital BTSC TV-sound decoder for BTSC markets such as USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Taiwan. The new chip is a part of AKM's Audio4home™ range.

THAT Corporation Expands Licensing Portfolio

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Milford, Massachusetts – THAT Corporation has recently expanded its dbx-tv line of digital TV audio decoding software to cover legacy TV audio standards worldwide, including BTSC, NICAM, A2 and EIA-J.

New Belar BTSC Monitor/Analyzer Uses THAT's Digital dbx-tv

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Devon, Pennsylvania & Milford, Massachusetts – Belar and THAT Corporation today jointly announced Belar's TVM-230 Digital BTSC TV Stereo Monitor/ Analyzer, featuring digital dbx-tv™ decoding technology from THAT. According to Belar's President, Arno Meyer, "The new TVM-230 delivers unprecedented performance by combining Belar's own DSP demodulation with THAT's digital companding technology. With the BTSC Encoder enabled, the TVM-230 reliably delivers over 50dB midband separation and more than 40dB at 14kHz, with 85dB signal-to-noise ratio and <0.1% distortion." THAT's president, Les Tyler, commented "THAT's fully digital dbx-tv expander eliminates the trim adjustments required by previous analog dbx-tv decoders, including THAT's own industry-standard 525 cards. So, performance starts high and stays high over the entire life of the product. We surpass even the tightest broadcast specifications for BTSC transmission."

THAT Corporation Boosts dbx-tv Licensing Staff

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Milford, MA - In a move to strengthen its position as licensor of digital legacy audio technology to the TV industry, THAT Corporation has named Scott W. Skinner to the position of dbx-tv Licensing Support Engineer. Skinner will be responsible for evaluating licensee implementations of the company's dbx-tv-audio standards intellectual property, which now extend to all worldwide legacy TV and FM audio broadcast standards (including BTSC, NICAM, EIAJ, A2, FM Stereo).

THAT Corp Bolsters TV-Standard Development Team

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Milford, MA – THAT Corporation recently fortified its expertise in digital signal processing with the appointment of Matt Barnhill as a Senior Digital Development Engineer. Matt will develop new and support existing technology licensed by THAT to the TV industry worldwide. Lane Czekala, THAT's US Licensing Manager, commented "Over the past year, through our relationship with ESP (Matt's former company), Matt has made significant contributions to our BTSC and dbx-tv intellectual property offerings. Now that he's on board full time, Matt will develop additional TV decoding standards to extend and broaden our licensing program." THAT Corporation now offers BTSC stereo TV encoding and decoding technology to consumer and professional makers of TV receivers, set-top boxes, satellite receivers, video games, broadcast products, and ICs used by all these.