HDTVs and Set-Top Boxes Enabled with Dolby Digital Plus Reach Record Shipment Numbers

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
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Over Ten Million Products Shipped from June 2009 to June 2010; Key Drivers Include International HDTV Specifications and New Consumer Usage Models

SAN FRANCISCO — Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) announced that Dolby® Digital Plus, its next-generation audio format for broadcast television and online entertainment, was incorporated into more than eight million HDTVs and two million set-top boxes (STBs) shipped from June 2009 to June 2010, according to its latest product licensing report.

By comparison, during the same period in the year prior, about 3.7 million products (HDTVs and STBs combined) were shipped incorporating Dolby Digital Plus.

Dolby Digital Plus is a premium audio format offering the efficiency and flexibility that broadcasters, online content delivery services, and other entertainment providers desire for their next-generation services. The format has been selected for numerous European HDTV broadcast specifications, including key terrestrial specifications in France, Italy, Sweden, Poland, and the United Kingdom as well as by operators in emerging markets such as India, China, and the Middle East. The technology is also being incorporated into TVs shipping into the US and other markets enabling playback of online movie content complete with digital surround sound.

“We’re delighted that many of the world’s leading TV and set-top box manufacturers across so many regions have put Dolby Digital Plus at the heart of their products,” said Jason Power, Senior Director, Broadcast, Sales and Marketing, Dolby Laboratories. “Whether it’s to meet the growing base of HDTV broadcast specifications that require the technology or to enable online playback, Dolby Digital Plus provides the flexibility and features needed for this new era of broadcast receivers.”

In addition to efficient delivery of surround audio, Dolby Digital Plus enables new features such as enhanced audio description for the visually impaired, a service that is increasingly being mandated for broadcasts in some regions.