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HBO Goes Dolby Digital 5.1

Beginning Saturday, July 14, Pay Network Broadcasts in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio (July 12, 2001)
Dolby Laboratories announced that HBO's primary channel will debut programming in Dolby Digital 5.1 with the pay network premiere of The Perfect Storm. The epic adventure, which begins airing Saturday, July 14, is the first of many films and other programming to be broadcast by HBO in Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio.

"HBO has a reputation for bringing its viewers the highest-quality home entertainment, so we are thrilled to now offer Dolby Digital 5.1 on the service," said Bob Zitter, Senior Vice President of Technology Operations, HBO. "Many of our viewers have home theater setups, and with the growing number of set-top boxes equipped to deliver a Dolby Digital bitstream, we are able to enhance our subscribers’ experience."

In addition to The Perfect Storm, upcoming HBO programming in Dolby Digital 5.1 includes the theatricals What Lies Beneath and The Contender, the HBO Film Dinner with Friends, and the ten-part HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

Dolby Laboratories estimates that by the end of 2001, ten million US households will have a set-top box capable of playing Dolby Digital 5.1 via DBS and/or digital cable. Dolby also estimates that more than nine million US households will be equipped with Dolby Digital 5.1 home receivers. As the number of Dolby 5.1-channel devices continues to rise, more networks are broadcasting in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.

"We are very excited to see HBO embrace Dolby Digital 5.1 on their primary channel," said Tom Daily, Marketing Director, Professional Audio, Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby Digital is changing the way viewers experience television programming, and we are starting to see viewers demand high-quality multichannel audio through their cable and satellite television subscriptions. The quality of the home viewing experience is now richer than ever."

Other networks currently broadcasting in Dolby Digital 5.1 include ABC, DirecTV, Dish Network, HBO HDTV, PBS, Showtime, and STARZ! For a listing of programs broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, please visit

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