July 17, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
There’s really nothing like a Blu-ray disc—at least not yet. Sure, it’s nice to have an iPhone filled with your favorite movies and TV shows, but the Blu-ray still packs the most punch in the AV department. Now, Paramount Pictures is hoping to make a better streaming audio experience, with the help of DTS.
The film studio just announced plans to use the DTS-HD codec for the upcoming UltraViolet Common File Format (CFF) catalog, which is supposed to be launching very soon. That means that you can have that DTS surround sound, all while on the go.
UltraViolet allows users to take movies and TV shows on the go, via cloud-based access. Stored selections can be downloaded and streamed to compatible TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones and other devices. The upcoming CFF tweak promises to improve that experience, as well as allow users to transfer or copy a downloaded CFF file featuring a DTS-encoded soundtrack directly to an UltraViolet CFF-compatible app or hardware device.
“Since launching UltraViolet, we’ve made numerous enhancements to the user experience, and the introduction of CFF will continue that trajectory,” said Mark Teitell, general manager of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE). “As a founder of DECE, DTS has been instrumental in developing CFF audio specifications that help enable a premium experience for CFF users, and this announcement is another key indicator of that promise now coming to market.”
Paramount hopes to launch UltraViolet movies with DTS sound sometime in the second half of 2013, around the same time that UltraViolet CFF makes its debut.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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