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VIDEO: Dolby expands Vision and Atmos products at CES

Dolby begins to dominate HDR and immersive audio

by Steve Withers Jan 8, 2017 at 2:19 AM

  • Dolby sees increased manufacturer support for their Dolby Vision version of HDR and their Dolby Atmos immersive audio format at CES 2017.
    Dolby Vision has begun to gain a foothold as the dominant form of High Dynamic Range (HDR) with more manufacturers adding it to their TVs, the first Dolby Vision supporting Blu-ray players being launched and three studios announcing plans to release Dolby Vision enabled Ultra HD Blu-rays.

    In terms of TVs, LG have 10 new OLED models and a number of Super UHD models with Dolby Vision included, whilst their OLED TVs will also include support for Dolby Atmos. The company is also releasing a new Blu-ray player that supports Dolby Vision, as well as soundbars with Dolby Atmos built-in. In a surprise move Sony announced that all their TVs using the X1 Extreme processor will have Dolby Vision added via a firmware update in the summer. These TVs include the new A1 OLED TV, the latest XE93/94 LED LCD TVs and last year's ZD9. Sony will also be releasing soundbars and AV receivers that support Dolby Atmos.

    There will also be a Dolby Vision capable Blu-ray player from Philips (Funai), although this will be exclusive to the US, whilst Philips/TP Vision will be adding Dolby Vision to their TVs in 2017. The Oppo UDP-203, which has already been released, will have Dolby Vision added via a firmware update in the first quarter, making it the first Dolby Vision capable Ultra HD Blu-ray player on the market. In terms of content, Dolby Vision is already heavily supported for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon and Warner Bros., Lionsgate and Universal have announced plans to release Dolby Vision encoded Ultra HD Blu-rays later this year.

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