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Dolby Brings 5.1 to Netflix Streaming

14 Oct, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey

Starting Oct. 18 Netflix subscribers using the PlayStation 3 will be able to stream content with 5.1 Dolby surround sound, with more devices able to do surround sound in the future, Netflix said.

“One of the areas we’re most excited about is the online delivery channel,” said John Griffin, director of connected devices for Dolby. “There’s a lot of room for improved sound for streaming, and this is the start. Over time we expect a broader range of devices to handle this.”

A firmware update that will include 5.1 Netflix streaming support is expected this weekend, he said.

“Netflix is committed to delivering an unparalleled experience to its members who watch TV shows and movies streamed instantly over the Internet,” said Greg Peters, Netflix VP of product development. “Netflix required an audio solution that could efficiently deliver an outstanding surround-sound experience for a wide range of consumer devices. Dolby Digital Plus proved to be the best solution to meet our needs and the needs of our device partners.”

Griffin said Dolby is working on expanding its streaming offering to a full 7.1 channels, but offered to timetable.

“Dolby Digital Plus makes the online entertainment experience rich, realistic, and memorable,” said John Couling, VP of marketing, products and platforms for Dolby. “This collaboration will enable subscribers to enjoy movies and TV shows presented in surround sound just as the artists and directors intended.”

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