Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Dolby Laboratories have partnered to utilize Dolby Vision for mastering 4K Ultra HD titles to Blu-ray Disc. The process includes the integration of high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging to bring a wide range of colors and contrast to 4k content, and is said to offer over 1 billion possible colors.
The Dolby product goes hand-in-hand with 4k Ultra HD content, and is what you would call an end-to-end solution, meaning, Dolby Vision can be used during content creation as well as distribution and playback.
Dolby Vision is currently built-in to the VIZIO Reference Series TVs, and will first be available for viewing with content from streaming services such as VUDU. The Lego Movie is one title that VUDU will soon feature in Dolby Vision, as well as Man of Steel, Tomorrowland, Edge of Tomorrow, and Godzilla.
UHD titles from VUDU will also be formatted with Dolby Atmos audio, compatible with both 5.1- and 7.1-channel systems.
“Dolby Vision shines a bright new light on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s compelling new releases and distinguished catalogue,” said Curt Behlmer, Senior Vice President, Content Solutions and Industry Relations, Dolby Laboratories.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment plans to release titles mastered in Dolby Vision 4K in the coming months alongside the release of Ultra HD Blu-ray discs that will be playable on 4k Blu-ray players.
The odd thing about this so-called Dolby Labs/Sony Studios partnership on this technology is that the Justice Department is investigating charges of collusion between Dolby, the Studios, and the standardization organisations including SMPTE. The Wikileaks dump of Sony docs earlier in the year revealed that “secret meetings” were being held at Sony with Dolby, several other studio execs, and leadership of SMPTE including the president, Wendy Aylsworth who is also a senior exec at Warners. The standardization process has been completely circumvented by this collusion. This can’t be good for any consumer. . .