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Audio News for Tuesday August 16, 2016

Dolby Cinema Construction Accelerated – 100 Dolby Cinema theater venues will be completed by the end of this year by AMC Theaters and Dolby. Each venue will be capable of projecting Dolby Vision and using Dolby Atmos immersive sound. The Dolby Vision laser projection system in the theaters delivers high dynamic range (HDR), with richer colors, ultra-deep blacks, and a contrast ratio that exceeds other image technologies. Dolby Atmos complements the enhanced visuals with 3D object-oriented sound that can seem to come from anywhere, including overhead. It makes dialog, music and sound effects more realistic, adding to the sense of immersion. There are currently 22 Dolby Cinema locations in U.S.  The public response to the combination has been enthusiastic nationwide.

Latest Editions on Streaming and on Blu-ray – HBO Now has The Get Down Part 1, Hulu has Tonight With John Oliver: Season 3, and Netflix is featuring Barcelona, the fine 1994 film. Don’t miss Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life? on Netflix in November. On Blu-ray you can see In The French Style, starring 19-year-old Jean Seberg. If you like serial killer fare you will love Road Games, starring Andrew Simpson as a British hitchhiker in rural France. On Blu-ray and DVD or streaming on Vudu, Amazon, iTunes and Google. Hulu is the best way to see Homeland: Seasons 1-4 – a great spy thriller, and Blu-ray disc is the best way to see Silk Stockings, with its Cole Porter score – a remake of Ninotchka. With Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse — a blast of pure MGM exhuberance.

Consumers Spend $8.9 Billion on Home Entertainment So Far This Year – Reports from DEG and Futuresource say that worldwide demand for audio products grew 24% last year, with Bluetooth-enabled AVRs helping to drive sales. Purchases of physical and downloaded data was up over 4% and there was a 35% jump in Blu-ray disc sales. There was a 119% increase vs. the 2015 second quarter in the sales of UHD HD TVs. With over 45 UDH titles available now, the new Ultra HD Blu-ay format is off to a good start with sales already close to a 300,000 disc plateau. HD content sales are up about 20% and more than 104 million U.S. homes have a least one HDTV. The popularity of wireless audio streaming solutions is having a positive effect on the entire consumer audio market. Voice control is providing new opportunities for sales. Harman/JBL is the top audio brand with an 11% share and Bose is the revenue leader with an 18% share.

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