Sound is a critical tool to extend the storytelling beyond the screen and draw audiences into the narrative. Netflix is perfectly aware of that, so it recently announced the addition of Dolby Atmos support on the streaming service beginning with Okja, a critically acclaimed movie that recently made its way to the Netflix catalogue.
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. According to Netflix, 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.
In addition to Okja, Dolby Atmos support will also be available for a select number of Netflix original movies coming soon. The list includes BLAME!, Death Note (August 25), Bright (December), and Wheelman (TBA). Many of these titles will also be available in 4K and HDR.
Currently, Dolby Atmos streaming is supported on Microsoft’s Xbox One, One S and 2017 LG OLED TVs. 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. Netflix plans to add support for even more devices in the near future.