Dolby Atmos Comes to Netflix
Surround sound is a technology many sound designers and home theatre enthusiasts are familiar with. We’ve been immersed in this sound technology since the early 80s and 90s. In 2012, Dolby Laboratories introduced a new take on surround sound called Dolby Atmos. In the years since we’ve seen more and more new televisions and sound bars come with Dolby Atmos certification.
Being on the bleeding edge of technology, it comes as no surprise that Netflix is taking full advantage of Dolby Atmos. The first piece of content is debuting today with Okja, critically acclaimed film directed by Bong Joon Ho which debuted at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Okja tells the story of a young girl named Mija, who risks everything to save her best friend, a massive animal Okja from a multinational company. The film will be available on Netflix starting today.
Netflix recently released an update which added HDR support for compatible devices. The addition of Dolby Atmos comes as a welcome complement to the impressive display capabilities of HDR compatible televisions and devices such as the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. With the realistic images and video of HDR technology and 4K video, the Dolby Atmos support will make content even more immersive with true surround sound.
The Dolby Atmos enabled content for Netflix is currently supported on the XBox One, XBox One S and 2017 LG OLED Televisions with more devices to come in the near future. However, if you want to take advantage of the content, you’ll need to be subscribed to the “4 Screens + Ultra HD” Netflix plan. If you’re not, you can change your plan. You’ll also need the streaming quality to be set to High or Auto. You can get more information on how to set up your devices for Dolby Atmos on Netflix at their support web page.
On the content front, Netflix says that it will be adding support for Dolby Atmos for a select number of titles in the near future. Looks like we’ll be getting both new content and older ones with Dolby Atmos support. However, support for Dolby Atmos may not be available on mobile devices due to technological limitations, although support via headphones is definitely a possibility.