Agoura Hills, CA—Mar 22, 2004
DTS Announces Lossless Digital Sound for Cinema
New Technology Delivers Lossless Soundtracks Identical to Master Tracks
DTS (Digital Theater Systems, Inc.) (NASDAQ:
DTSI) announces the development of a system for delivering lossless digital
soundtracks into movie theatres. With DTS lossless technology, a soundtrack
played in the cinema is bit-for-bit identical to the original master.
Demonstrations of the system to distributors and exhibitors will take place
during 2nd quarter 2004.
DTS lossless technology works with all film specifications used in exhibition,
including 16mm, 35mm, 70mm and any pulldown or frame rates, as well as digital
pre-show, alternate content and digital cinema sources. Sampling rates include
44.1, 48, and 96 kHz at 16 to 24 bits.
DTS lossless coding is made possible by a new extension to the DTS Coherent
Acoustics codec, which is used in applications including home theatre, car
audio, PC and game console products, DVD-related software and broadcast. With
this new development, Coherent Acoustics is able to offer a single,
comprehensive system that can deliver quality levels from Internet streaming up
to high definition and lossless.
“DTS lossless technology delivers the only audio for standard film equivalent to
the best sound that has been proposed for Digital Cinema to date. Because of our
unique timecode system, we are the only format that is capable of delivering
this,” said Mike Archer, Director of Cinema at DTS. “The introduction of this
technology continues DTS’ tradition of leadership in digital audio for the
About DTS Cinema Division
A preferred digital sound format on more than 20,000 screens in 99 countries,
DTS quickly became a leading provider of premium, discrete, multi-channel audio
for motion pictures after the release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. Since
1993, the company’s award-winning CD-ROM-based technology has set a standard for
digital audio delivery in cinemas and special venues. In addition to supplying
movie theaters with hardware solutions, DTS also licenses its technologies for
filmed content, with DTS digital sound now featured on nearly 100 percent of
films released by all major Hollywood studios.