BT YouView adds 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound

YouView from BT has added 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound to its BT YouView experience.

It looks like the 5.1 DD Plus sound will come from HD movies on-demand, offered by BT's own content portal to BT YouView customers witthin the standard YouView platform.

BT has over 6,500 programmes available on-demand with HD films joined by UK and US TV shows, kids shows with no ads, and more.

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YouView is available through BT and TalkTalk as part of a subscription deal involving broadband and phone connections, or simply by buying a YouView Humax box in store, with no subscription necessary.

Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound was made available to YouView Humax retail boxes thanks to an automatic software update in January.

The BT YouView box is the black Humax DTR-T1000, while the silver Humax DTR-T1010 is the box on sale in stores. We're told the two boxes are otehrwise the same but we'll be double-checking ourselves very soon.

Alex Green, director TV, BT, said: “YouView from BT is one of the easiest ways to watch movies, and we’re now offering a great sound experience so customers can get the most out of their on demand programming.

Dolby’s technology is a perfect complement to the high-definition experience we offer to our viewers.”

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Andreas Spechtler, regional vice president, EMEA, Dolby Laboratories, said: “We’re delighted to be working with BT to ensure that YouView offers the best possible audio entertainment experience for consumers streaming movies on demand.”

“Dolby Digital Plus is an essential part of high-definition entertainment in the living room and is fast becoming the preferred way to deliver high-quality sound and a truly immersive experience to customers.”

YouView recently revealed the service is now in 400,000 households and showed-off the new YouView Android app for controlling your set-top box.

by Joe Cox

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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).