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To: Cooters who wrote (218)5/10/2020 4:41:48 PM
From: A.J. Mullen
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I sold my half-unit in Dolby in February. That was based on my understanding is that much of their revenue came from movie theaters. The closures happened faster than I expected, but the sell-off is less. Was I wrong regarding theater revenues? Do you have the % at hand \Cooters?

Ashley

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To: A.J. Mullen who wrote (222)5/11/2020 2:38:12 PM
From: Cooters
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Theaters are a small part, too small to even break out individually. There are 3 sources. One is in product sales, which is reported by itself and is mostly into theaters, so you can see that number. The other two are royalties from Dolby Cinema(there are 250 currently), which they have said they will break out when it becomes material but is less than 5% currently, and royalties from the various flavors of Dolby audio that are used in theaters.

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To: Cooters who wrote (223)5/11/2020 3:27:26 PM
From: A.J. Mullen
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I see, so a little less than 10% for sales to cinemas, less than 5% royalty from Dolby cinema, and then Dolby audio, whatever % that is. Thanks. It's clear I don't understand the company.

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From: Cooters5/20/2020 2:53:22 PM
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Dolby at JPM notes - 5-12-20

CFO Lewis Chew in a fireside chat format

- Opened with a general discussion of how attractive DA and DV are in streaming. Something I harp on constantly. Dolby is a streaming play and will some day be rewarded as such.

- General discussion of how DA has been prevalent in video(audio within video), but has seen a recent expansion in music. This was highlighted by the Amazon Echo Studio at CES. Music is being mastered in DA, which helps DA become more relevant in handsets across all price points and not just at the high end.

- PC's got a boost from the work from home trend. In the last year or two, DA and DV have proliferated in the PC/laptop market, going beyond basic Dolby Digital. PC is now a growth opp due to proliferation within a stagnant market. PCs are currently in the low teens of total revenue, down from a peak above 30%

- Broadcast is the largest segment at 40-45% of total licensing. TV and set top boxes. They have a very high penetration in audio, about 50%, primarily the legacy digital Dolby offerings. As stated previously, DV is in 10% of the 4K market, which is about 50% of the total TV market. This has grown at 100% per year in the last 2 years and they expect it to grow significantly in 2020 despite Covid-19. They did not re-iterate their forecast of another 100% growth, just said grow significantly.

- Set top boxes have virtually no DV penetration, so adoption represents a growth opp even within a flat to declining set top market. Chew believes live sports in DV is a future opp.

- Discussed HDR10+ threat, standard promoted by Samsung. Lewis believes the creative community is firmly in the DV camp. Streamers and all non-Samsung TVs are moving in the DV direction. He said he hopes there comes a time where Samsung adopts DV, for now it is a co-existence.

- Highlighted the new Apple iPhone SE at the lower price point has adopted DV. The Apple iOS has adopted DA and DV, Samsung Galaxy has adopted DA. The rest of the industry has some penetration, They are hoping for proliferation there.

- DC has 250 screens, more than 1/2 in US. They don't expect any revenue from DC in Q3 and very little equipment revenue. No real insight how these businesses will unfold beyond that.

- Gaming - Surge in gaming demand in this environment. The console space is their primary focus, they want to get DA and DV adopted across the triopoly - Xbox, PS, and the Nintendo series. They are hoping to penetrate this market further in the upcoming upgrade cycle. PC is also used for a lot of gaming. They highlighted Call of Duty, with 50M users just went out. (appears it uses DA and DV)

- Autos - mainly just back seat DVD players currently, hoping push into music with DA will result in DA being adopted in car audio.

- Question about price increases in royalty contracts. Typically their contracts are at stable pricing, new technology is where pricing upgrades can occur.

- Question on anything new coming. Highlighted Dolby io, which allows developers to imbed Dolby technology in their apps.

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From: Cooters5/22/2020 3:25:58 PM
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Google Play Movies reportedly adds Dolby Vision support before HRD10+

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From: Cooters6/3/2020 2:42:01 PM
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Dolby at Baird notes - 6/2/20

Fireside format with CFO Lewis Chew. Not a lot, but some interesting angles highlighted.

- Introduced a Key Partners slide, which just highlighted how they partner with all the major studios, streamers, theaters, handset makers, and TV/PC.

- Continued to highlight Dolby.io, their new platform for user developed content. Gave examples of Youtube videos and music recordings.

Q&A - Two really interesting statements:

- "We don't have a ton of obvious competitors". I would say other than Samsung with HDR10+, there really aren't competitors in the traditional sense. Companies adopt Dolby tech or they don't, they don't often choose a competitor.

- While discussing the handset market and highlighting they have Apple on board for DA/DV and Samsung for DA at the high end, he highlighted a different way to look at the handset market as Apple vs. Android. He then mentioned how Google could someday mandate DA and/or DV for Android. Never heard something like that mentioned before.

Coot

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From: Cooters6/6/2020 2:25:29 PM
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Dolby Vision is winning the war against HDR10 +, it requires a single standard

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To: Cooters who wrote (228)6/6/2020 2:32:19 PM
From: Cooters
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I've started to take a more aggressive stance on DLB, adding September options. Samsung appears to be standing alone with HDR10+ and I think some form of capitulation is inevitable. I also think DLB is getting closer to being labeled a streaming play. Cooters

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From: Cooters6/7/2020 11:30:07 AM
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Samsung and Sony watch out! Hisense unveils affordable new 4K TVs with Dolby Vision

express.co.uk

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Below the U7QF series in the range are the A7500F and AE7400F, which ship in more humble sizes. Starting from £449 for a 43-inch A7500F, and rising to £899 for a 55-inch. These come with Dolby Vision support and HDR10+ too, so you'll still be able to experience higher levels of contrast between light and dark areas of the screen – so you won't lose any detail in a movie scene when someone is in a darkened room, looking out of a small window to the brightly lit outdoors.

With its latest range of TVs, Hisense looks set on preserving its reputation as offering solid value TVs with the sort of specs and features other TV brands often offer at twice the price, like Dolby Vision HDR and even OLED panels.

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From: Cooters6/10/2020 1:02:26 PM
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Dolby at William Blair - 6/10/2020

Remote fireside chat with CEO Kevin Y. Pretty generalized information with a few new bits of info.

- Confirmed expectation of a return to double digit revenue growth.

- Explained DV IQ, LG and Panasonic announced they would adopt IQ at CES, LG has introduced models, Panasonic is pending. They have seen interest from additional customers.

- Since the earnings calls, SONOS has announced their first DA sound bar

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