This week, DTS announced that a version of its DTS-HD surround-sound codec will be used with streaming content from providers that use the Rovi platform, starting with Best Buy's CinemaNow service. Samsung's newly produced 2013 connected TVs and Blu-ray players will be the first products to ship with a DTS-HD-enabled CinemaNow app, while earlier 2013 units will be able to add it with a firmware update.
Lest you think that streaming lossless surround sound with video has finally arrived, the new system uses the DTS-Express streaming profile of the DTS-HD codec, which can accommodate as many as 7.1 channels at up to 48 kHz/24 bits each and stream it at up to 512 kbps. That certainly isn't lossless, but DTS claims that the maximum bitrate is "nearly indistinguishable" from lossless. CinemaNow will be streaming DTS-HD with 5.1 channels at a constant bitrate, pairing it with adaptive-bitrate video.
This could be a leap forward in the quality of streamed audio for video. What do you think?