July 16, 2013 5:00am PT by Carolyn Giardina
Paramount's UltraViolet Movie Collection Will Support DTS Surround Sound
Paramount Pictures plans to use the DTS-HD codec as a surround-sound format with the debut of its UltraViolet Common File Format catalog later this year.
UltraViolet — which was launched by industry consortium Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem in October 2011 — is a cloud-based service aimed at letting consumers download and stream movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere across supported devices including TV screens, PCs, tablets and mobile phones.
CFF is currently being tested as a way to let consumers move or copy a downloaded CFF file directly to UltraViolet CFF-compatible media player apps and hardware devices.
“By marrying our robust content library with DTS’ advanced surround-sound technology, we can deliver a memorable cinematic surround-sound experience for our customers at home, or on any UltraViolet-compatible connected device,” said Amy Reinhard, executive vp and general manager at Paramount Domestic Home Media Distribution, in a statement.
Paramount is the first studio to announce DTS-HD support for surround sound in a CFF catalog. In January at CES, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced plans to offer UltraViolet content for download with Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby’s surround-sound format for mobile and connected entertainment. None has specified that the agreements are exclusive.
UltraViolet is currently available in North America, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is scheduled to debut in Germany and France on Sept. 30.