Netflix is introducing Dolby Atmos support, very slowly

Netflix has announced that it is bringing Dolby Atmos support to its catalog of movies and TV shows. The rollout will begin very slowly, with support for just one movie and a small number of devices — but Netflix promises to add more content and more devices “over time.”

“Imagine watching your favorite TV show or movie without the sounds that truly moved you and made you feel the impact of each moment,” Netflix says. “In creating an immersive atmosphere, sound is just as important, if not more important, than the picture itself.”

That’s why the streaming giant is introducing Dolby Atmos to surround you in captivating sound. You’ll hear trees rustling around you, airplanes flying over you, and voices sneaking up behind you. Netflix calls this extra dimension of immersive audio a “game changer for experiencing the realism of a story, and feeling like you’re a part of it.”

But you probably won’t be able to enjoy it just yet. Right now, Atmos is only available on the critically-acclaimed film Okja, and on Xbox One, Xbox One S, and 2017 OLED TVs from LG. You will, of course, also need a Dolby Atmos soundbar, TV, or home theater system. Netflix promises support for more devices over time.

It also plans to add support for more titles, including:

  • BLAME! (July 28)
  • Death Note (August 25)
  • Bright (December)
  • Wheelman (2017)

“I’m excited for Netflix members all over the world to be able to get a theater-quality experience in the comfort of their own homes while watching Okja and the other excellent titles to come,” said Greg Peters, chief product officer at Netflix.

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