Netflix Adds Dolby Surround Sound

Sony PS3 players will be first to get 1080p streaming video with Dolby 5.1 surround sound

In another example of how online video providers are working to improve the quality of the content they deliver and strengthen their competitive position versus multichannel providers, Netflix has partnered with Dolby and Sony to provide users of the PlayStation 3 devices with Dolby 5.1-channel surround sound for high definition movies and TV shows streamed over the internet from Netflix.

The streams to PS3 players with improved audio will start on October 18th, making the gaming console the first device to get Netflix content with Dolby surround sound. Netflix is planning to make surround sound available to other devices in the future.

“Netflix is committed to delivering an unparalleled experience to its members who watch TV shows and movies streamed instantly over the internet,” said Greg Peters, Netflix vice president of product development in a statement. “Netflix required an audio solution that could efficiently deliver an outstanding surround sound experience for a wide range of consumer devices. Dolby Digital Plus proved to be the best solution to meet our needs and then needs of our device partners.”

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By George Winslow — Broadcasting & Cable, 10/14/2010 6:33:46 PM

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