Dolby has announced that Amazon Prime Video will roll out Dolby Atmos support when Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan airs on August 31st, 2018. Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Cube boxes are ready to support the technology right away.
Apple will also be rolling out Dolby Atmos support to Apple TV 4K users with the release of tvOS 12 this fall. Many movies available through iTunes have already been enabled for Atmos support and will be free upgrades for those who have purchased them through iTunes.
The new technology creates an immersive audio experience through a room by bouncing sound off the ceiling—also requires an Atmos-equipped sound system such as the $890 Samsung HW-K950 5.1.4 Channel Soundbar and $900 LG SK9Y 5.1.2 Channel Soundbar.
For the more enthusiastic audiophiles amongst us, you can also install dedicated speakers in the ceiling to get a more immersive experience over a soundbar.
It’s good to see the major streaming players embrace the technology. For blind and partially sighted movie lovers, it gives us the feeling of virtually being in the movie. The more options available to us, the better.