DTS, Inc. is a digital technology company specializing in mulitichannel digital surround sound formats for both commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications. It was formerly known as Digital Theater Systems, Inc. and is used for in-movie sound on film, DVD, CD, Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. The company is a pioneer in multi-channel audio and also finds applications in car audio and game console products.
DTS was founded in 1990 by entrepreneur Terry Beard. Universal City Studios, Inc. and other investors funded the project in 1993. The company’s corporate headquarters are located in Calabasas, California and the licensing operations headquartered in Limerick, Ireland. Apart from these, DTS also has offices in several places all over the world.
They entered the consumer products market in 1996 with a scalable digital audio architecture, expert audio products and multimedia formats. The DTS Coherent Acoustics is now widely used in several audio products. DTS Entertainment was launched in 1997 and the year 2000 saw the sale of DTS hardware and software encoders to content providers.
DTS has several technologies in its product range in addition to the standard 5.1-channel DTS Surround codec. These were designed to compete with similar systems from Dolby Laboratories. The primary variants include DTS 70 mm, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS Connect.
Jurassic Park (1993) was the first video release with DTS sound, when it was released on LaserDisc in January 1997. Buena Vista's Pearl Harbor screened on 70mm at baseball stadium in Japan featured DTS eight-track sound. The release of DVD-Audio version of Queen's classic A Night At The Opera by DTS Entertainment became the best-selling DVD-Audio title ever and won several awards.
Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park marked the striking entry of DTS master-quality sound. The company successfully shipped and installed 876 DTS playback systems in theaters in six months working with Universal and five employees. It changed the motion picture sound forever and the innovative digital process established the company as a leading provider of premium quality audio for cinema. Presently, almost all major Hollywood feature films are released with soundtracks in the DTS format. DTS is currently into expansion of its technology and services including the broadcast arena and broadband entertainment.