Netflix’s quest to change the film industry just became even more exciting. Starting later today with the global release of ‘Okja’, Netflix will offer sound in Dolby Atmos. You need an Xbox One or Xbox One S (support for 2017 LG OLEDs coming later).
Dolby Atmos: 5 movies confirmed
To date, Netflix has been offering Dolby Digital Plus, which is good but not as good as Dolby Atmos on Blu-ray releases. The company wants to change that. Much like 4K and HDR, Netflix is now bringing next-generation sound to the masses.
- “In creating an immersive atmosphere, sound is just as important, if not more important, than the picture itself. It is a critical tool to extend the storytelling beyond the screen and draw audiences into the narrative. I’m pleased to announce the addition of Dolby Atmos support on Netflix beginning with Okja, a critically praised film directed by Bong Joon Ho that recently debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, and is available globally on Netflix starting today,” said Greg Peters, Chief Product Officer at Netflix.
Dolby Atmos has been confirmed for five titles, which happen to also be some of Netflix’s major movie releases of the year. The first is Okja, which will be released globally on Netflix later today (8am PT).
Many of these titles will also be available in 4K and HDR, Netflix says, delivering a spectacular movie experience at home. Look for this logo on Netflix:
Dolby Atmos is an object-based audio technology that includes overhead sound to better immerse the viewer. To experience Dolby Atmos you need equipment that is compatible with the system. Several companies have released Dolby Atmos-capable soundbars and receivers.
Xbox One & soon LG 2017 OLEDs
Netflix says that its Dolby Atmos streams are supported through Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox One S. Support for 2017 LG OLED TVs, which have built-in Dolby Atmos soundbars, is coming soon.
- “On the Xbox, you can get this experience when your console is connected to a Dolby Atmos enabled home theater system, TV or soundbar, or via headphones using the new Dolby Atmos for headphones feature available for purchase through the Dolby Access app in the Xbox Store. The LG OLED TVs have built-in Dolby Atmos capabilities that create a 360° sound field around you without the need to connect an external sound system,” Greg Peters explained.
Netflix says that “over time, we plan to add support to more devices”. Look out for your devices on this technical support page that also explains how to set up an Xbox One to output Atmos.
To get access to 4K, HDR, and Dolby Atmos you need to subscribe to the “4 Screens + Ultra HD” Netflix plan. An internet connection of at least 3 Mb/s is required.
Okja Director, Bong Joon-ho has a few words to share about Dolby Atmos in the video below.