Since the beginning of the Dolby licensing program in 1968, more than 1.8 billion consumer products incorporating Dolby technologies have been sold. More than 17,000 films were released with soundtracks encoded with Dolby technologies. Over 79,000 of the processors needed to decode those soundtracks have been sold to theaters.
The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with European headquarters in England; film and broadcast support offices in New York and Los Angeles; and licensing liaison offices in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Dolby Laboratories is now branching out from audio to include digital cinema, video-compression and digital-content protection technologies, and Web technologies.