Disney Plus Finally Has Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio Support on Apple TV 4K!

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A new update on Disney Plus App is available for the Apple TV 4K. And the update basically adds support for Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio. But you will need AirPods headphones in order to enjoy it, which is pretty much different from the feature that Netflix has brought out recently.

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Prior to the update, Apple TV users could not enjoy the content of Disney Plus in the immersive audio experience that Spatial Audio provided. Instead, the users were limited to 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus audio. 

Now, Disney Plus already has the support of Dolby Spatial Audio on other devices. And the previous version of the app that was available on Apple TV did not let its user enjoy that feature.

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Nonetheless, Apple TV users can finally enjoy Dolby Atmos’s Spatial Audio in its full glory with this update. But to make the spatial audio work, Apple TV users will need AirPods 3, AirPods Max, or AirPods Pro

These headphones are a must as Disney Plus relies on Apple’s proprietary Spatial Audio processing. Along with that, the update also brings Dolby Atmos support on the OG Apple HomePod speaker.

Now, the feature on Disney+ is pretty similar to Sony 360 Reality Audio technology and Dolby Atmos for Headphones tech. Apple’s Spatial Audio will take 7.1, 5.1, and Dolby Atmos signals and apply the direction audio filters to offer the Spatial Audio effect. 

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These filters will adjust the frequencies on each ear so that the sound feels like it is placed in a 3D space. That is one of the highlighted features of Spatial Audio from Apple.

But that is not all that is unique about the Spatial Audio Processing of Apple. It does not only offer Atmos sound and virtualized surround sound, but it can also track the movement of your head. 

The processing utilizes gyroscopes and accelerometers for that. This tracking makes it possible for AirPods to accurately position the sound even when you move.

That said, there is another update for Disney Plus on Android TV. But the update is not as exciting as the one that is for Apple TV. 

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Instead, the Android TV update is for the users that were reporting the loss of Atmos support after installing the 2.9.1 version of the app. This issue was present on various devices, including Sony Bravia and TCL.

But the good news is that the issue is no longer there after 26th July. However, Disney seems to have fixed the issue without needing to roll out a new version of the app. In other words, Disney opted for a solution without requiring a software fix.

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This post was last updated on 2024-06-21 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.

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