MPEG Surround technology can be used to upgrade existing distribution infrastructures for stereo or mono audio content towards the delivery of multi-channel audio while retaining full compatibility with existing receivers. Some prominent examples are listed below:

Any digital radio system, such as Eureka 147 DAB, DAB+ or DMB Audio, can be expanded to surround broadcasting. Internet streaming is enriched with a true surround experience. MPEG Surround may also be used to establish multi-channel services for Mobile-TV broadcasts such as ISDB-Tmm, DVB-H or ATSC-M/H.

MPEG Surround can also be used to stream multichannel audio or AV content to mobile phones over the 3G or 4G networks, or to efficiently store such content on mobile phones or personal media players through side-loading. The binaural mode of MPEG Surround can be used on portable devices to listen to high quality virtual surround sound on-the-go.

Next to the upgrade of existing stereo systems, MPEG Surround is very well suited for new services where very low bit rate multichannel audio is desired. In such applications, MPEG Surround’s stereo compatibility can be exploited by allowing low complexity stereo receivers, which will simply disregard the multichannel information.

Application standards

MPEG Surround has been adopted by various application standards such as World DMB (DAB, DAB+, DMB), ISDB-Tmm, DVB, DRM+, AT-DMB, DLNA, OIPTV, AES and ATIS-IFF.