In time, other companies have also come to the fore with new ways of encoding and decoding 5.1 channels of surround sound information for the commercial and domestic market. Probably the best known is a company called Digital Theatre Systems (DTS) with a surround format of similar name.
This format is of much higher resolution than Dolby Digital and suffers from a lot less data compression in the digital domain and is also a lot faster in its data-handling capability. Even though most people who have heard it feel that DTS is far better than Dolby Digital, the Dolby Digital is still better known and more readily available because of its age and cost advantage and also because Dolby Digital is more flexible in transmission and application, it is far more accessible through all kinds of media like satellite broadcast.
Newer and more advanced theatre technologies: