Netflix will be adding to its impressive 4K and HDR (high dynamic range) line up of content with the Dolby Atmos audio format so you can hear three-dimensional sound from all sides and from above you.
Dolby Atmos provides stunning surround sound from the speakers at ear level but adds sound from above the viewer as well so the content sounds as good as it looks.
The first Netflix movie with Dolby Atmos will be action adventure film Okja starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal which is also available in 4K HDR. It’s available to view now.
There are numerous ways to enjoy Dolby Atmos.
People with dedicated home theatres can opt for a set-up with speakers positioned around the room and on the ceiling to sound can be directed down at the viewer.
If you own a 2017 LG OLED TV you can also enjoy this new Netflix content because it has Dolby Atmos speakers built in.
But there are cheaper and easier ways to enjoy Dolby Atmos with soundbars that have upward firing speakers that reflect the sound off the ceiling and back down on to the viewer along with the regular surround speakers’ directions.
Dolby Atmos will let you hear an aircraft passing overhead, the sounds of a forest around and above you and puts you in the centre of the action.
Meanwhile, Netflix has increased its prices to adjust the addition of GST to its costs for Australia customers.
The Entry level plan starts at $9.99 (up from $8.99) with the standard package now at $13.99 (up from $11.99) with the premium package priced a $17.99 (up from $14.99).