As OTT platforms become even more entrenched, the demand for a clearer and more immersive streaming experience is also increasing. Streamers are working to improve the technology and make the cross-device viewing experience even more interesting for users. In line with this thinking, Disney Plus Hotstar is bringing Dolby Atmos audio to its (Hotstar) app users on TVs, AVRs, soundbars, Android smartphones and compatible iOS devices.
The streaming platform in July 2020 had launched Dolby Vision support, but the new Dolby Atmos playback offers a multidimensional and spatial sound experience and puts its users right in the middle of the action.
This feature is available to all platform users. Many of the popular Disney Plus Hotstar titles are now streaming in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Users can easily locate Dolby content on the Disney+ Hotstar app by looking for the ‘Dolby badge’ on the title listing page.
How Dolby Atmos works – explains Dolby Regional Director
Sidd Mantri, Head of Product – Developing Markets, Disney Streaming, said: “We are delighted to add Dolby Atmos spatial audio to further amplify the best-in-class entertainment experience on Disney Plus Hotstar. differentiated in-ear experience we now offer to Dolby Atmos-enabled devices (including mobile devices) for a truly superlative experience on the go.” All compatible devices and brands of wired and Bluetooth headphones can be used to experience Dolby Atmos.
But what is this differentiated experience? Well, Dolby Atmos-enabled content will release all the details as it must be heard. In response by email to IndiaAshim Mathur, Senior Regional Director, Japan and Emerging Markets, Dolby Laboratories, said, “Dolby Atmos is an immersive audio experience that empowers creators to place discrete audio elements in a three-dimensional sound field, which is not possible in stereo. or channel-based surround audio such as 5.1. Because it is object-based, Dolby Atmos can adapt to any playback environment and provide fans with an immersive experience that matches the creator’s original vision in the studio.”
The Dolby Atmos Mastering Suite and Dolby Atmos Production Suite allow artists to produce audio optimized for speaker and headphone playback experiences, Mathur said.
“Dolby Atmos mixing includes creative options such as ‘near’, ‘mid’ and ‘far’ binaural rendering modes, giving creatives the flexibility to determine how Dolby Atmos tracks are produced for headphones. Independent headphone metadata additional (binaural rendering modes) per object can be created, thus ensuring a differentiated headset experience,” he explained.
Dolby Atmos actually attaches sound to objects on the screen. This can make you feel like you’re in the middle of the action, because you can emit sound from all angles. The point is, it’s different than having speakers around you while you’re watching.
Some of the Dolby Atmos offerings on the platform are: Home Shanti, Rudra: The Edge of Darkness, November Story, Human, Graham, The Great Indian Murder, Aarya, Masoom, Ghar Waapsi, Special Ops 1.5, Vikram, Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal and a thursday. Additionally, new titles from Hotstar Specials and Multiplex will also have Dolby Atmos.