San Francisco, CA (April 22, 2005)–Dolby Laboratories has announced that Dolby audio technologies have been selected as optional audio codecs by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). Dolby Digital Plus and MLP Lossless audio technologies have been approved for the next-generation Blu-ray Disc.
Blu-ray Disc was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition (HD) video and to store large amounts of data (25 GB for single layer, 50 GB for dual layer on a single-sided disc). The BDA additionally selected Dolby Digital as a mandatory audio standard for Blu-ray Disc in September 2004.
“The advanced capabilities of Dolby Digital Plus and MLP Lossless offer compelling audio performance for next-generation HD video formats,” said Craig Eggers, marketing director, consumer electronics, Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby Digital Plus introduces new levels of audio quality, interactivity, and compatibility. MLP Lossless delivers the highest audio fidelity possible without compromising picture quality or video bit rates–a perfect complement to Dolby Digital Plus.”
“Dolby is a leader in multichannel audio technologies and the advanced capabilities of Dolby Digital Plus and the original performance quality of MLP Lossless have much to offer the Blu-ray Disc format,” said Pioneer’s Andy Parsons, senior vice president, advanced product development, Blu-ray Disc Association. “From the outset, our goal has been to equip the content industry with the tools needed to deliver the image and audio quality that a high-definition environment demands. At the heart of this effort is Blu-ray’s unparalleled capacity. The addition of the Dolby technologies is another positive step in this direction.”