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Dolby Atmos Coming to Blu-ray

25 Jun, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey

Dolby Labs is bringing its Dolby Atmos surround-sound technology to the home via Blu-ray Disc, and the company’s doing it without the need for Blu-ray player owners to upgrade their hardware.

First used in theaters with Disney’s Brave in 2012, Atmos allows filmmakers to “precisely position and move sounds anywhere in a theater — even overhead — to heighten the realism and impact of every scene.”

“Our partners will also offer home theater receivers and other entertainment devices to decode and deliver the Dolby Atmos experience in your home,” Brett Crockett, director of sound research, wrote in a blog post. “And you likely won’t need a new Blu-ray player: Existing players that fully conform to the Blu-ray specification will be able to support Dolby Atmos content on a Blu-ray Disc.”

He added that Dolby is working with studios and production houses to create Dolby Atmos soundtracks for movies and TV shows, and that Dolby Atmos titles on Blu-ray and streaming video services would start showing up this fall.

Home entertainment set-ups that have ceiling speakers will get the most out of Dolby Atmos, the company said, but for those who can’t install speakers in the ceiling, Dolby’s hardware partners will offer Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers that produce overhead sound from where conventional speakers are regularly located. Or, without upgrading speakers, the company is also offering a Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker module that complements existing speakers.

“Our goal was to make home theater sound better than ever, while giving audio enthusiasts flexible choices in how they set up their system,” Crockett said. “I’m proud to say that after a lot of dreaming, experimentation, and innovation, we’ve succeeded in creating an incredible Dolby Atmos experience for the home that will be available to any entertainment fan.” 

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