Apple TV 4K owners running tvOS 12 beta 2 are reporting that Blade Runner 2049 and a few other titles are now available in Dolby Atmos on iTunes. Atmos also works in the Vudu app but it has yet to be enabled for Netflix.
Dolby Atmos on iTunes
Earlier this month, Apple announced that Apple TV 4K and iTunes will support Dolby Atmos, and that your iTunes movie library will be upgraded for free.
Owners of Apple TV 4K running the latest tvOS 12 beta 2 are confirming that a few movies on iTunes have Atmos enabled. Users seem to have most luck with Blade Runner 2049 but it has also been reported to work with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Kong: Skull Island.
Not all users can get it to work so it may be limited to the US version of iTunes, and may or may not work with movies redeemed through digital codes.
With Dolby Atmos enabled in the second beta of tvOS 12, we are also able to derive a few technical details. Apple TV 4K is outputting Dolby Atmos via bitstream in the Dolby Digital Plus codec (384-768 Kb/s supported). It is not yet clear if tvOS 12 will allow apps to output Atmos in lossless Dolby TrueHD.
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Dolby Atmos on Netflix & Vudu
Apple is featuring select Netflix movies on its Apple TV 4K product page, suggesting that Netflix will be a launch partner. However, Atmos from Netflix is not currently working on Apple TV 4K. The app will need to be updated first.
Vudu on the other hand appears to working with Atmos in tvOS 12 beta 2, according to users.
To enjoy the object-based Dolby Atmos sound experience, you need a compatible HiFi system or soundbar. On Apple TV 4K (with tvOS 12), it can be activated from a new ‘Spatial Audio’ menu option by navigating to the ‘Video and Audio -> Surround Sound’ menu. It is still not clear if the Apple TV4 (1080p version) will support Dolby Atmos.
tvOS 12 beta 2 is currently limited to developers but Apple is expected to release a public beta within a few weeks from now. The final version of tvOS 12 will be released this fall.