Dolby Atoms premium sound is coming to Netflix starting with a film from director Bong Joon Ho called Okja. Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology introduced in 2012 and has been featured in many films since. Some of the films you can find the technology in are Brave, The Croods, Monsters University, Turbo, Planes, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Inside Out, The Peanuts Movie, The Good Dinosaur, Kung Fu Panda 3, Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, Trolls, Monster Trucks, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Cars 3, Despicable Me 3, The Emoji Movie, and Coco.
Dolby Atoms is supported on Xbox One and Xbox One S but you will need a home theater system that supports Dolby Atmos as well. The technology is growing and more devices are implementing it so hopefully, more people than not will be able to experience it. The sound is supposed to offer a more immersive experience and Netflix is comparing it to visually seeing 4K.
Imagine watching your favorite TV show or movie without the sounds that truly moved you and made you feel the impact of each moment. 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.
Much like how 4K and HDR bring more stunning and realistic visuals to the screen, Dolby Atmos delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment to life all around you, all in the comfort of your own living room. Imagine being surrounded by the sounds of the scene you’re watching – an airplane passing overhead, or the subtlety of the wind rustling tree leaves all around you. Having the extra dimension of immersive audio is a game changer for experiencing the realism of a story, and feeling like you’re a part of it.
Initially, the sound technology will be offered on the following titles and more are expected to be added as the months roll by.
- Okja (June 28)
- BLAME! (July 28)
- Death Note (August 25)
- Bright (December)
- Wheelman (2017)
Moving forward, Netflix also plans on adding more devices that support the technology so that a larger group of people can access it.Source: Netflix