Dolby Atmos, for those who haven’t heard of it before, enables a more immersive experience than standard surround sound by adding virtual — and sometimes physical — height speakers to create a 3D soundscape.
The feature was discovered by FlatPanelsHD (opens in new tab) and comes as part of update version 2.9.5 to the Disney Plus app on tvOS 15. When enabled, it will allow you to watch a number of movies — including some of the Marvel movies — in Apple spatial audio with any of the new AirPods, including the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max as well as the Apple HomePod speaker.
Before now, the Disney Plus app has been limited to 5.1 sound on the Apple TV 4K using Apple’s audio products, despite Dolby Atmos being inside the app.
The result of this update? Better sound going straight to your ears without disturbing anyone in the house — or, if you have kids, allowing them to watch their favorite films in spatial audio without having to listen to the soundtrack to Frozen for the umpteenth time.
Good day for Apple TV owners, bad day for Android TV owners
The other interesting insight from FlatPanelsHD’s post is that some users are now experiencing difficulties with the Android TV and Google TV devices’ version of the Disney Plus app, claiming that their Dolby Atmos support is now broken.
That report was corroborated by Reddit (opens in new tab) users and 9to5Google (opens in new tab), though FlatPanelsHD says that some users have now said that Dolby Atmos has returned to the platform after a server-side patch.
The good news is that, if it hasn’t already happened, soon both Android TV and Apple TV owners will be able to watch Disney Plus in Dolby Atmos without any issues.
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