Dolby Atmos for Distributors

A New Era in Movie Distribution

Dolby® Atmos™ is a revolutionary new audio platform for the cinema. It greatly simplifies movie distribution by eliminating the need for multiple format inventories. With Dolby Atmos, the same file will play in any theatre and faithfully reproduce the director's intent for the movie.

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Package Once, Distribute Everywhere with Dolby Atmos


Dolby Atmos builds intelligence into audio files, thereby eliminating the need for multiple versions. With Dolby Atmos, a single delivery file will play faithfully in any theatre—from 5.1 or 7.1 up to 64 channels. The complexity of dealing with multiple versions and keys is eliminated.

  • Eliminates Multiple Print Masters

    Eliminates Multiple Print Masters

    A single DCP includes the information necessary for any theatre configuration.

  • Delivers A New Experience

    Delivers a New Experience

    Dolby Atmos offers the most compelling experience possible.

  • Preserves Creative Intent

    Preserves Creative Intent

    Every version of a movie is true to the director’s vision.

  • Plays Faithfully Everywhere

    Plays Faithfully Everywhere

    Dolby Atmos ensures a consistent audience experience in any theatre.

A Major Improvement for Movie Distribution

Package once, distribute everywhere—that’s the promise of Dolby Atmos. At a time when distributors must create multiple versions of a movie for a wide range of theatre configurations, Dolby Atmos introduces a single DCP that will play in any theatre. Even better, Dolby Atmos ensures that the audience experience is always the best possible for the specific playback environment.

Adaptable and Intelligent

Dolby Atmos captures the artistic intent for a wide variety of theatre configurations at the time of mixing and embeds that information in the DCP. This frees content creators to explore new ways of matching audio to the visuals onscreen and makes it easy for distributors to give audiences an experience that’s faithful to the director’s intent.

Technology Highlights

Simplifies distribution with a single DCP inventory

Works across a wide array of speaker configurations and auditorium shapes and sizes

Integrates easily into existing audio postproduction workflows

Supports up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio streams

Allows for up to 64 discrete speaker feeds

Expands the creative palette with overhead speakers

Adds side surrounds closer to the screen for improved transitions

Dolby Atmos Documents for Distributors

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Dolby® Atmos Specifications
This specification provides the recommended and minimum performance requirements for Dolby Atmos installations.

Dolby Atmos Next-Generation Audio for Cinema
Current cinema authoring, distribution, and playback suffer from limitations that constrain the creation of truly immersing and lifelike audio. Dolby Atmos, the next-generation cinema sound platform, addresses these limitations and delivers an audio experience beyond anything available to date.