Dolby E is a digital audio technology optimized for the distribution of surround and multichannel audio through digital two-channel postproduction and broadcasting infrastructures.The Dolby E signal does not reach viewers at home. It is decoded back to baseband audio just prior to the final DTV transmission and then re-encoded into the final audio format specified by the various DTV emission systems (for example, Dolby Digital in ATSC, DVB, satellite, and cable systems; and AAC for ISDB in Japan).
With Dolby E, up to eight channels of audio, plus consumer and professional metadata, can be distributed via any stereo (AES/EBU) channel or recorded onto two audio tracks of conventional digital video tapes, video servers, communication links, switchers, and routers.
Because the frame rate of Dolby E matches that of the video it accompanies, programs can be effortlessly switched, edited, and successfully encoded and decoded many times throughout the various stages of the broadcast chain. Audio/video synchronization is also simplified, with exactly one frame of delay added per Dolby E encode or decode stage.