HBO Pushes Dolby Digital Surround Audio with New Season of Six Feet Under

HBO is demonstrating a growing commitment to high-quality audio broadcasting by adding another high-profile show to its growing schedule of programs featuring Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.

The upcoming season of Six Feet Under will begin broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1 on HBO, beginning March 2. Technicolor Sound Services provides the editing and sound mixing for Six Feet Under.

“HBO has a commitment to the highest quality viewing experience for its customers, which is why we broadcast so much of our programming in Dolby Digital 5.1,” says Bob Zitter, senior vice president of Technology Operations for HBO. “That includes many Hollywood theatricals, most HBO Films, and HBO’s original series programming like The Sopranos and now Six Feet Under.”

Bruce Graham, senior vice president, Technicolor Sound Services adds: “Dolby Digital makes a big difference in the viewing experience. The clear, 5.1-channel surround audio allows the viewer to experience the show as the producer intended. We are really able to deliver the artistic integrity of the show.”

Six Feet Under won two categories at the recent Grammy Awards presentation in New York, for the musical soundtrack work of composer Thomas Newman. Mr. Newman’s “Six Feet Under Title Theme” (available on the album “Six Feet Under – Music From The HBO Original Series”) won the awards for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement.

“Dolby Digital is an essential element to digital television, cable, and satellite broadcasting. More and more customers are expecting Dolby Digital surround sound when they watch TV and more and more broadcasters are meeting their customers audio demands with Dolby Digital,” says Tom Daily, director, marketing, Dolby Laboratories.

“Surround sound home theater systems have become very commonplace in homes and viewers want to utilize them whenever they watch TV.”

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