Sky successfully trials world’s first non-live TV broadcast in Dolby Atmos

posted on Thursday, 16th November 2017 by Steve May

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Sky has notched up the world’s first non-live TV broadcast in Dolby Atmos. The Sky One show Sing: Ultimate A Capella, was delivered to Sky Q viewers in Ultra HD with Dolby Atmos on November 10. The trial opens the door to more widespread adoption of Dolby Atmos for programming, beyond live sports, where it’s currently being used. Sky has committed to transmitting 124 live Premier League games with Dolby Atmos sound and Ultra HD.

Sky and Dolby collaborated to combine live and VOD workflows so that Sing! could be played out on Sky One alongside other scheduled programmes.

Viewers will be able to watch UHD programmes with Dolby Atmos audio via recordings or live. Sky describes the trial as “a test case for how Dolby Atmos can be utilised, and has laid the foundations for future Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos shows and events only available via Sky Q.”

Dolby Atmos is available alongside Ultra HD, only on 2Tb Sky Q Silver boxes.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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