Sky expands 4K Dolby Atmos content in time for Christmas bingeing

Sky has plans to broadcast more non-live 4K TV content in Dolby Atmos, bringing content with a cinema audio punch to compatible TVs.

On November 10 it successfully notched up its first non-live broadcast using Dolby Atmos, allowing viewers of the Sky One show Sing Ultimate A Capella to view the programme in Ultra HD with Dolby’s audio wizardry on top.

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Users needed and will continue to need a Sky Q package, specifically the package with the 2TB Sky Q Silver box, to benefit from the partnership between Sky and Dolby which sees the two firms explore how their tech can work together.

The combined efforts of both companies comes in time for Christmas, allowing people to watch the capella singing show, hosted by Manchester’s Cat Deeley, likely with enough sound and detail to make them feel like they’re part of the crowd.

Before the trial show, Dolby Atmos and 4K broadcasting could only be found on Sky’s live coverage of football’s Premier League.

But the companies have committed to go beyond football and explore way to offer more 4K TV with Dolby Atmos that can be viewed alongside scheduled broadcast programmes.

It worth noting that to get the most out of Dolby Atmos, one needs a compatible home cinema or surround sound speaker setup, or a high-quality soundbar.

Dolby Atmos can be delivered though some mobile devices supporting the audio standard with compatible headphones, but as Atmos essentially relies on multiple speakers the effect could be a tad diminished.

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