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Vudu Expands Selection Of 4K Titles With Dolby Vision, Atmos

Vudu has expanded its selection of 4K streaming titles in Dolby Vision to 33 with the launch of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Intern” and “In the Heart of the Sea,” Dolby announced.

“In the Heart of the Sea” also features Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound.

With the launch, 14 of Vudu’s Dolby Vision titles feature Dolby Atmos.

A Dolby spokesperson said the selection of Vudu titles in Dolby Vision will grow “in multiples by the end of the year when our partners Sony Pictures, Universal and MGM begin delivering titles in Dolby Vision as well.”

Netflix has also committed to delivering original content in Dolby Vision starting with “Marco Polo,” Dolby said.

Dolby Vision content is compatible with TVs that are either Dolby Vision-enabled or include the Dolby Vision VS10 chip, a universal high-dynamic range (HDR) solution that combines the ability to play back Dolby Vision content as well as other HDR profiles based on the SMPTE ST 2084 standard, Dolby said.

Dolby Vision HDR playback is available on Vizio Reference-series 4K TVs, but other-brand Dolby Vision TVs were announced at CES. They include models from Philips, TCL and LG, all of which will also display Open HDR 4K content. LG plans to enable all of its 2016 OLED 4K TVs and Super UHD TVs to support the HDR10 and Dolby Vision technologies.

Dolby Vision technology deliver HDR and an expanded color gamut, while Dolby Atmos places sounds above and around listeners, places individual sounds anywhere in a three-dimensional space, and pans individual sounds pan more smoothly around listeners compared to traditional non-object-based surround formats. Through Vudu, Dolby Atmos metadata is delivered over a Dolby Digital Plus surround-sound stream, Dolby said.

Here’s an infographic listing the Vudu titles with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and what audio and video equipment is needed to deliver Dolby Vision and Atmos: