Thursday, August 23, 2012

Belgian broadcasters switch to EBU R 128 Loudness normalization

As of this week the programmes of all French-speaking national broadcasters in Belgium (RTBF, RTL-TVI and BeTV) are normalized according to EBU R 128 , the world-class Loudness Recommendation created by the EBU PLOUD Group.

 Belgium has the peculiarity of being split into three different audio-visual areas: Dutch-speaking Flanders in the North, French-speaking Wallonia in the south and a German-speaking area to the east. The modes of media consumption are different in each of these three areas. The viewers of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation watch a lot of French television broadcasts, such as those shown by RTBF.  These include English language series dubbed in France, and thus already normalized to EBU R128 (France introduced EBU R 128 earlier this year). This meant that the French-speaking Belgian channels had been juggling with two audio standards.
And although this situation differs from the situation in Flanders (where viewers do not watch content from the Netherlands so much), it is expected that the Dutch-speaking Belgian broadcasters (VRT, VTM and SBS) will adopt EBU R 128 soon too, likely early in 2013.

(Source : European Broadcasting Union)

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