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Netflix is set to sound awesome with Dolby Atmos, starting with Okja

I don’t know about you, but I’m completely sold on Dolby Atmos—the sound experience that makes you feel like you’re inside the action. I’m sure you’ve experienced it in Dolby Atmos-enabled cinemas and if you haven’t, you should. It’s breathtaking. And as we move towards 4K and HDR content, the next level up is an upgrade to multi-dimensional, cinematic sound. The supercool thing is, this next generation surround sound audio technology is heading to Netflix.

In a cinema environment, thanks to Dolby Atmos, filmmakers can position sound with pinpoint precision, isolating individual speakers. Sound can come from any and/or all directions, including overhead. Sound is astonishingly clear, rich, and with detail and depth. The sound also moves around you in a 3D space, so you’ll feel you’re inside the movie.

There can be as many as 64 speakers in a Dolby Atmos cinema, each powered independently and has its own audio feed.

Learn more about Dolby Atmos here.

A more cinematic experience

In the recent year or two, we’ve also seen mobile devices and HDTVs supporting Dolby Atmos. Mobile devices like the Lenovo Tab 3 Pro, or Legion Y720 comes with Dolby Atmos-optimised audio setups. Similarly, we’re seeing more new generation TVs, sound bars and even gaming consoles like the Xbox One featuring Dolby Atmos.

In short, display technologies like 4K and HDR, coupled with Dolby Atmos adds an entirely new dimension to storytelling.

So, back to Netflix.

The addition of Dolby Atmos begins with Okja, a critically-praised film directed by Bong Joon Ho. Debuting at the Cannes Film Festival, it is available for viewing on Netflix now.

Okja tells a story of a gentle giant and the girl who raised her, who are caught in the crossfire between animal activism, corporate greed and scientific ethics. It stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, An Seo Hyun

Netflix is set to introduce more Dolby Atmos-supported titles in the coming months, including BLAME! (28 July), Death Note (25 August), Bright (December) and Wheelman (2017).

Currently, devices that support Dolby Atmos on Netflix include the Xbox One, Xbox One S and 2017 LG OLED TVs. If you have a Dolby Atmos capable system, and the “4 Screens + Ultra HD” Netflix streaming plan, available titles will display the Dolby Atmos icon next to the description.

By Vernon

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