Executives at Dolby Laboratories during an earnings conference call with analysts and press on August 4, Dolby Laboratories executives shared some interesting tidbits about Windows 8. Specifically, they revealed information about what they believe won’t be part of Windows 8 — Their DVD playback technologies.
From a transcript of earnings call remarks by Dolby’s Chief Financial Officer Murray Demo:
“In the PC market, the broad adoption of optical drives has driven the inclusion of Dolby technologies on many of the world’s PC shipments.
“We work with operating system providers, ISVs and OEMs to support DVD on the PC. In recent years, our mix of PC licensing revenue has increasingly shifted towards the operating system as our technologies are included in 4 editions of Windows 7. However, we have recently learned that our technologies are not currently included in the Windows 8 operating system under development. If our technologies are not included in the commercial version of Windows 8, we expect to support DVD playback functionality by increasingly licensing our technologies directly to OEMs and ISVs, and we will seek to extend our technologies to further support online content playback.”
Dolby’s Digital Plus technology is built into Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate, according to Dolby’s Web site. The site describes Dolby’s DIgital Plus as providing “next-generation surround sound” that helps improve the listening experience of DVDs and digital TVs by complementing high-definition video with support for HD audio.