Widevine support of Dolby Digital Plus tunes up online video sound quality

DRM and video optimization solution provider Widevine is helping Dolby Laboratories create a "movie-theater-like experience" for OTT video, tuning up the sound quality on online video.

Widevine, which earlier this year teamed with DISH Network to provide adaptive streaming, virtual DVD and digital rights management services, said Dolby Digital Plus is a scalable digital audio coding technology that extends the capabilities of Dolby Digital, delivering up to 7.1 channels of surround sound. Widevine supports a wide range of bit rates to ensure optimized sound quality and efficiency to match available bandwidth.

"Dolby Digital Plus enables video providers to deliver a richer, more immersing audio experience over the Internet," said John Griffin, Senior Director, Dolby Laboratories. "By supporting Dolby Digital Plus in its video optimization solution, Widevine can offer outstanding audio along with high-quality video to deliver cinema-like experiences for the home."

Widevine's video optimization platform includes adaptive streaming and virtual DVD features such as trick play and chaptering, creating a DVD-like viewing experience on content delivered over the Internet. The solution is natively supported in nearly all major brands and types of network-connected consumer electronics including televisions, Blu-ray players, mobile devices, gaming systems, and more.

"More and more consumers are turning to the Internet for entertainment," said Brian Baker, CEO of Widevine. "By combining our video optimization technology with support for Dolby's audio technology, video providers can be assured that their customers will have the best experience possible on digital media delivered over the Internet."

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