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Sony Partners With Dolby for 4K Ultra HD Releases

11 Sep, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced a pact with Dolby Labs to use the Dolby Vision mastering process on select 4K Ultra HD releases distributed via different channels, including Blu-ray Disc.

Ultra HD is the much-ballyhooed next-generation viewing format, with four times the resolution and 64 times as many colors as HD.

Dolby Vision is a new imaging technology that helps content creators enhance video brightness, contrast and color via next-generation physical disc and digital-distribution platforms.

The technology can be incorporated from content creation to distribution and playback, and has already received support from other major studios and over-the-top video service providers.

“We continue to be enthusiastic about the growing consumer appetite for next-generation 4K Ultra HD content. With Dolby Vision imaging technology, we can now master our movies with the highest-quality visual experience for distribution to consumers’ homes,” Richard Berger, SVP of worldwide digital strategy and advanced platforms for SPHE, said in a statement.

Earlier this month, Samsung announced the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment said it would release upcoming movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc on the same day as standard Blu-ray and Digital HD. Recently released films coming on Ultra HD discs include Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Life of Pi and Fantastic Four.

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