DirecTV Increases Number of Channels Offering Dolby Digital

June 13, 2002
DirecTV recently added Dolby Digital 5.1 sound to its SD and HD premium movie channels, bringing the number of its Dolby-enabled channels to more than 20.

DirecTV has 10 pay-per-view movie channels, including Starz!, Showtime and HBO channels, and a special event channel with Dolby Digital scheduled on an ad-hoc basis. The company delivers a Dolby Digital multichannel audio feed and an MPEG two-channel (stereo) audio feed for each channel.

The company said the offering was made in order to meet consumer demand for higher-quality sound. To receive programming in Dolby, customers need a Dolby-enabled DirecTV receiver. To date, approximately 10 million U.S. households are equipped with Dolby receivers, and an estimated 3.8 million satellite set-top boxes are able to deliver a Dolby 5.1 audio stream.

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