Amazon Video has started offering TV series and Hollywood movies in Dolby Vision HDR, the two companies announced today. The second season of Bosch is available at no additional cost.
Dolby Vision on Amazon Video
Amazon was first to introduce streaming in HDR10 (the open HDR format) but Netflix was first to start streaming in Dolby Vision HDR. Amazon is now also offering select titles in Dolby Vision quality.
- “We’re thrilled that starting today customers have access to titles, including our binge-worthy Amazon Original Series, in Dolby Vision HDR,” said Jim Freeman, VP of Amazon Video. “Today is just the beginning. We will continue to expand our selection, adding more movies and TV series for our customers to watch and enjoy in the premium picture quality of HDR.”
The second season of Amazon’s original series “Bosch” is available to stream in Dolby Vision for all subscribers at no additional cost.
In addition, movies in Dolby Vision from Sony Pictures are available to purchase separately from Amazon’s pay-per-view catalog. The titles include: The Smurfs 2, After Earth, Men in Black 3, Hancock, Salt, Pineapple Express, Fury, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Chappie, and Elysium.
Dolby Vision is a proprietary HDR format that has some advantages over the open HDR10 format, says Dolby. Content can be mastered to a higher peak brightness level, deeper color bits, and take advantage of dynamic metadata to optimize HDR picture quality on a scene-by-scene basis.
- “The Dolby Vision ecosystem is garnering momentum, affirming that the best way to enjoy stunning content with expanded dynamic range and ultra-vivid colors is with Dolby Vision,” said Curt Behlmer, SVP, Content Solutions, from Dolby Laboratories. “With the increased number of Dolby Vision enabled TVs now in market, Amazon’s commitment to deliver Dolby Vision content to consumers marks another leap forward in providing viewers around the world with access to exceptional movies and original content that come to life on screen.”
Content in Dolby Vision quality is only available from online services. The first Dolby Vision-enabled UHD Blu-ray players are expected to be announced later this year or next year.
Amazon has not shared technical information on bitrate or other parameters.
A picture of LG’s 2016 “Super UHD TV” (LCDs) and 2016 OLED TVs was included in the press announcement but the companies did not announce a full list of compatible TVs. At the moment, only TVs from LG and Vizio support the Dolby Vision format. TCL will launch its first Dolby Vision-enabled TV later this year.