San Francisco (November 12, 2003)–The Country Music Association Awards was encoded and broadcast in Dolby Pro Logic II over network television in the US and over BBC radio in the UK on Wednesday, November 5. This was the first awards show broadcast in Dolby Pro Logic II.
Dolby Pro Logic II encoding tools were introduced to the broadcast industry in April of this year. This matrix surround sound format allows a five-channel audio mix to be broadcast over regular stereo signals, allowing viewers without digital television services to receive an enhanced surround sound experience.
“Dolby Digital 5.1 provides the ultimate surround sound experience to viewers, but we realize that not every program is delivered over digital broadcast systems,” said Tom Daily, director, marketing, pro audio at Dolby. “We introduced Dolby Pro Logic II to broadcasters as a way to compliment their Dolby Digital 5.1 broadcasts and to ensure that viewers watching analog stereo TV can still get rich surround sound with their favorite programs.”
Dolby Pro Logic II decoding has become a standard feature in most A/V receivers and home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems currently being sold. In fact, nearly every Dolby Digital receiver currently on the market includes Dolby Pro Logic II decoding. Over eight million Dolby Pro Logic II decoders have been sold to date.