Posted December 11, 2012 05:44 PM by Jeffrey Kauffman
UltraViolet to Deliver DTS Surround Sound
DTS, Inc. has just announced that several leading content solution
providers, including Digital Rapids, Elemental Technologies, and Rovi, now
support DTS Express™ surround sound for creation of content in the
UltraViolet Common File Format (CFF). DTS Express, part of the DTS-HD
family of audio solutions found on nearly all Blu-ray Disc movies, is fully
optimized for digitally delivered content, providing a high-quality immersive
surround sound experience with the UltraViolet CFF.
DTS Express is a high performance adaptive bit rate technology that
delivers an impressive cinematic surround sound experience from content,
whether streamed or downloaded. With the ability to adapt to bit rate
changes without audio dropouts, clicks or pops, as noticed with competing
audio solutions, DTS Express shines when bandwidth is limited and
network conditions fluctuate.
DTS Express provides:
• Constant bit-rates from 64 kbps (2 Channel) and up
• 5.1 channels from 160 kbps to 512 kbps
• Supports up to 7.1 channels from 288 kbps to 768 kbps
• Adaptive bit rate capability (without audio anomalies)
• Backwards compatibility with all legacy products via the DTS real-
DECE's UltraViolet platform gives consumers greater flexibility in how and
where they collect, share and enjoy movies and TV shows. Once a movie
or TV show has been added to their UltraViolet collection, users will have
options to stream it on most Internet-connected devices, download it for
offline viewing, or play it back on a disc. Because UltraViolet offers so many
viewing options, users have greater freedom to choose where they want
to watch—whether it's on a mobile device, computer, smart television,
game console, etc.
Source: Blu-ray.com |
Dec 12, 2012
According to this link: http://www.homemediamagazine.com/digital-copy/ultraviolet-launches-canada-bbc-announces-first-uk-uv-titles-28535
Ted and Bourne Legacy are available in Canada today, with Total Recall coming next week. So they are definitely rolling out in Canada.
And, no, almost every UV title I have is full 1080p. (including the full seasons of 2 Broke Girls and Shameless). Yet the same movie with iTunes digital copy (like Snow White and the Huntsman or Prometheus) is SD on iTunes. So you actually have it flipped. You also get some of the movies in Dolby Digital+ 7.1 through UV. Of the 132 movies in my UV account, only 14 of them are SD. 3 of those were given to me free for doing things through Flixster and the other 10... here's a little surprise... if you still have any Universal iTunes digital copy codes (like Nutty Professor or Born on the Fourth of July) those codes can be redeemed to unlock the UV version in VUDU (but most are SD, although Airport redeemed in HD). Add to that that you can take a DVD you own into Walmart and for $5 have it converted to a 1080p UV title. I love the movie Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, but it's never gotten a Blu-ray release, much less a decent DVD release (the DVD is non-anamorphic). I found a used copy of the DVD for $3, took it in and paid the $5 HD unlock and got a crisp 1080p widescreen Dolby 5.1 Ultraviolet compatible version for $8. I can watch it on my big screen, my phone, my tablet, my iPad, my laptop... or I could buy the iTunes version for $15 and only watch it on my laptop and iPad (but, again, only AFTER downloading the entire thing). I did the same thing with my Alien Anthology, but going Blu-ray to HD is only $2 each. Now I have the entire Alien series ready to stream anywhere for only $8 total.
So, again, it sounds like a bunch of questions/complaints coming from someone who hasn't really used Ultraviolet that much.
Dec 13, 2012
Well, where I am living I have one choice of ISP. It charges $40/month for 3 Mbps, which isn't enough for a lot of SD movies, i.e., high bitrate DVDs. So UV is useless to me at the moment, at home and even anywhere else I could go that doesn't have the bandwidth to support 1080P, which often runs over 30 Mbps.
I am not so sure about the "free" storage. Wouldn't a lot of studios like to wheedle out a storage fee, eventually? Armies of accountants and MBAs are going to discover that the storage is costing them money, if they haven't already factored that into the cost of each UV copy. So, am I paying for something I can't use?
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