Amazon Prime Video drops Dolby Vision and Atmos unless you pay extra

Amazon has confirmed it’s not a mistake — your Amazon Prime Video subscription now not contains Dolby Vision HDR or Dolby Atmos encompass sound. That’s on high of the advertisements that Amazon injected into the service on January twenty ninth. Now, when you pay $2.99 a month to take away these advertisements, you can get Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos again as properly.

That’s the phrase from 4KFilme, which found that their sensible TVs from Sony, LG, and Samsung had been now displaying content material in HDR10 with Dolby Digital 5.1 versus the upper constancy choices they’d loved beforehand.

Amazon spokesperson Katie Barker confirms to The Verge that it’s a deliberate transfer: “Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos capabilities are solely obtainable on the advert free possibility, on related titles.”

While worth hikes are now not remotely uncommon within the streaming video house, the place Netflix now costs $22.99 a month for its 4K tier, it’s a bit tougher to check Amazon’s costs to Netflix.

Amazon Prime Video was initially solely obtainable as a part of an overarching Amazon Prime subscription — I’ve Amazon Prime as a result of I primarily pay $15 a month or $139 a yr to get free two-day, one-day, and same-day transport. Now I’d need to pay an extra 18 p.c to get the total Rings of Power expertise with out advertisements and in full constancy.

Prime Video can be obtainable as an $8.99-per-month standalone subscription; if you subscribe that manner and add $2.99 per 30 days, it’s extra like a 28 p.c worth hike.

If you desire advertisements, Prime Video’s $8.99-per-month is a greenback lower than Disney Plus with advertisements at $9.99 per 30 days, although Netflix at present provides its 1080p service with advertisements at $6.99 per 30 days.

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