Dolby Brings Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to VUDU

Dolby Laboratories has announced that VUDU customers will have access to a catalog of Warner Bros. films remastered for Dolby Vision and mixed in Dolby Atmos sound.

While people are beginning to realize that 4K content for home entertainment is still a whim and a promise, Dolby Laboratories is bringing a catalog of Warner Bros. films remastered in Dolby Vision and mixed for Dolby Atmos sound to VUDU Internet streaming customers.

“Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos together create the ultimate home entertainment experience,” Roland Vlaicu, Vice President, Consumer Imaging, Dolby Laboratories, told The Broadcast Bridge. “By combining next-gen immersive audio with breathtaking 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR images, fans will be able to create a cinematic environment in their living rooms. This means that people will be able to experience movies and episodic TV shows the way the creators intended.”

Roland Vlaicu, Vice President, Consumer Imaging, Dolby Laboratories

Roland Vlaicu, Vice President, Consumer Imaging, Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Vision is not just higher resolution, as with 4K, but actually a better looking picture than conventional HD. It achieves this superior image quality through innovative high dynamic range (HDR) technologies that, compared to a standard picture, can deliver brighter highlights with more light-to-dark contrast. In addition, its wider color gamut presents colors never before seen on TV.

Expanded dynamic range showing luminance expressed in nits.

Expanded dynamic range showing luminance expressed in nits.

To match this enhanced visual presentation with an equally advanced sound experience, Dolby Atmos enabled home theater products allow sound to move around the room in a three-dimensional way in order to create a more powerfully immersive and emotive soundscape and experience.

“VUDU has always provided customers with the best digital home entertainment experience around,” said Scott Blanksteen, vice president of product, VUDU. “We were at the forefront of high definition digital video with our HDX format, and now, by offering movies with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, we’re again giving customers the opportunity to be the first to enjoy a premium visual and audio experience.”

Dolby Atmos Home Theater

Dolby Atmos Home Theater

The Dolby Atmos audio system can be configured in multiple combinations of ceiling, LFE (Low Frequency Energy) or subwoofer, and ceiling or “height” speakers. These set-ups are given a three digit designation, such as 7.1.4, meaning 7 surround, 1 subwoofer, and 4 ceiling speakers. Sometimes this is written simply “714”, without the dots, which can be confusing since there can currently be up to 24 surround speakers and 10 ceiling speakers.

7.1.4 Atmos speaker arrangement

7.1.4 Atmos speaker arrangement

9.1.2 Atmos speaker arrangement

9.1.2 Atmos speaker arrangement

Or, some very interesting results can be achieved with a multi-driver sound bar positioned under the TV screen itself.

The Yamaha YSP-5600 Dolby Atmos Enabled Sound Bar

The Yamaha YSP-5600 Dolby Atmos Enabled Sound Bar

“Dolby is excited to bring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos entertainment content to consumers,” said Curt Behlmer, SVP, content solutions & industry relations, Dolby Laboratories. “With this development, Dolby elevates and advances the movie-watching experience at home and provides people with the ability to enjoy movies with ultra-vivid colors, expanded contrast, and immersive sound.”

With the Dolby Vision enabled VIZIO Reference Series 4K television and a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar or AVR and home theater system, consumers can stream movies from VUDU in both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

Vizio 4K (UHD) Reference Series

Vizio 4K (UHD) Reference Series

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is expanding their library of 4K Ultra HD movies available in both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos to include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Gallows, San Andreas, American Sniper, Man of Steel, Jupiter Ascending, Edge of Tomorrow, and Into the Storm. Through VUDU, consumers also have access to a library of 4K Ultra HD titles in Dolby Vision only, including Vacation, Focus, Get Hard, Run All Night, The Lego Movie, The Great Gatsby, Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hangover trilogy, Magic Mike XXL, and more.

“With our titles remastered in 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision and breathtaking sound quality in Dolby Atmos, we know that we are giving our customers a true-to-life film experience that engages them in a dramatically enhanced visual and audio experience.” said Jim Wuthrich, President, Americas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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