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DTS Opens Two New Encoding Facilities For Film

Company debuts DTS encoding services in China and Argentina (June 20, 2005)

DTS (Digital Theater Systems, Inc.) announces the opening of two new digital sound encoding facilities for film in China and Argentina in cooperation with Media Business Services Ltd. (MBS) and FX Design. The two facilities are based in Hong Kong and Buenos Aires respectively, and will enable encoding, mastering and replication of DTS soundtracks for locally produced film content. The addition of these facilities will also allow local filmmakers to more easily integrate DTS soundtracks into their films. With the addition of these new facilities at FX Design and MBS, DTS currently maintains 15 film encoding facilities across 12 countries, including the US, UK, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Thailand.

Unlike other audio formats for film, DTS soundtracks play back via a separate CD-ROM or hard disk, providing flexibility and eliminating sound degradation resulting from film print deterioration. In the post-production process, a DTS Timecode Generator creates a timecode track which is exposed onto the soundtrack negative along with the optical soundtrack. The DTS system reads the proprietary timecode and synchronizes playback from a DTS audio playback system that automatically recognizes and plays the correct soundtrack for each frame of the film projected. This ensures that the audio quality remains true to the original artistic intent of a films director and mixer. In addition to delivering outstanding audio quality, the DTS playback systems also have the capability to allow a single film print to be played with subtitles or captions in various languages projected onto the screen.

"The opening of the MBS and FX Design encoding facilities addresses an increasing demand for DTS' best-in-class surround sound technology in these important film markets," said Don Bird, Senior Vice President, Cinema Division at DTS. "These new facilities represent our commitment to continued expansion to support our growing customer base worldwide."


"By installing DTS encoding equipment, MBS is able to provide our prestigious clients with the ultimate distribution choices," said Kinson Tsang, Founder and Managing Director of MBS. "As a matter of fact, DTS sound is considered a preferred format by the Mainland China film authority, and we are now able to deliver DTS mixes very quickly and efficiently."

"FX Design is pleased to offer our customers the pristine sound quality that DTS brings to the cinema-going experience. The flexibility of the DTS format provides countless new possibilities to our industry," said Osvaldo Vacca, CEO of FX Design.


About MBS
MBS is a leading post-production company in Hong Kong and Asia. As a pioneer and veteran in the music and film businesses, MBS has received many accolades and recognition in the entertainment industry. Kinson Tsang, the Founder and Managing Director of MBS, has received multiple prestigious awards, including Best Sound Design from the Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival (34th through 36th), Best Sound Design from the Hong Kong Film Awards (19th, 21st and 23rd) and Best Sound from the 2003 Asia-Pacific Film Festival. MBS is headquartered in Hong Kong, and services Hong Kong, China and Asia.


About FX Design
Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, FX Design has been a post-production facility for more than 400 films. Featuring the first THX-certified screening room / dubbing theatre in South America, FX Design offers many services including a digital sound mixing room with state-of-the-art equipment, editing rooms and an ADR / Foley room equipped with Digidesign Digital multi-track ProTools TDM 5.1.1 systems, and Optic and Magnetic Transfer facility with a Nuoptix Camera.


About DTS Cinema Division
A preferred digital sound format on more than 24,000 screens in 99 countries, DTS quickly became a leading provider of premium, discrete, multi-channel audio for motion pictures after the release of Steven Spielbergs Jurassic Park. Since 1993, the company's award-winning CD-ROM-based technology has set a standard for digital audio delivery in cinemas and special venues. In addition to supplying movie theaters with hardware solutions, DTS also licenses its technologies for filmed content, with DTS digital sound now featured on nearly 100 percent of major feature films released by all major Hollywood studios.


About DTS
DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI) is a digital technology company dedicated to delivering the ultimate entertainment experience. DTS decoders are in virtually every major brand of 5.1-channel surround processors, and there are more than 300 million DTS-licensed consumer electronics products available worldwide. A pioneer in multi-channel audio, DTS technology is in home theatre, car audio, PC and game console products, as well as DVD-Video, Surround Music and DVD-ROM software. DTS audio products are featured on more than 24,000 motion picture screens worldwide. Additionally, DTS provides imaging technology and services for the motion picture industry; Lowry Digital Images, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DTS, is an industry leader in image restoration and enhancement. Founded in 1993, DTS is headquartered in Agoura Hills, California and has offices in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Canada, Japan and China.

For further information, please visit www.dtsonline.com.

 


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