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Dolby Atmos on BT Sport: A breathtaking cinema sound experience for watching live Premier League and Champions League football

Dolby Atmos creates a powerfully moving entertainment experience as it transports sound all around you, adding an overhead dimension to produce breathtaking quality that is available in association with BT Sport Ultimate.

BT Sport made history by becoming the UK’s first broadcaster to deliver an event in Dolby Atmos back in January 2017.

Running in conjunction with BT Sport Ultimate, it brings the cinema sound experience to your home as it creates powerful, moving audio that flows around you.

With a plethora of live Premier League and UEFA Champions League football set to be shown on BT Sport in the coming months, here’s the lowdown on how you can watch the games in the best way possible.

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What is Dolby Atmos?

Audio is typically constrained to fixed channels when you watch TV, from two stereos or up to seven with Dolby Digital.

But because Dolby Atmos sound moves around in a three-dimensional space, you get an immersive experience, a sense of being in the thick of the action.

How does Dolby Atmos work?

A typical speaker can't replicate the sound a moving object makes in real life.

When you listen to a surround soundtrack on a 5.1- or 7.1- speaker, sounds have been pre-mixed in advance, into channels that roughly match their position around you. Sounds appear to move by swapping between channels, but it can’t go above you or exactly replicate the position of a moving object on a screen.

Dolby Atmos removes these restrictions. 

Dolby labels them ‘individual entities called audio objects’ and these ‘audio objects’ are independent of channels, with up to 128 able to be mixed at the same time. With the vertical height channel, objects can also appear to move around above you, which has never been possible before.

What are the benefits of Dolby Atmos?

Moving audio that flows around you
You'll feel like you're inside the action as the sounds come alive with breathtaking realism, and moves all around you in three-dimensional space.

Reproduces all the audio objects in the original cinema mix
Reproduces up to 128 simultaneous audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic and stunning sound.

Compatible playback
Dolby Atmos discs and digital content are fully compatible for playback on conventional stereo and on 5.1- and 7.1-channel systems, giving you the same outstanding experience you've always enjoyed.

What can I watch in Dolby Atmos?

All of BT Sport's 52 live Premier League games per season, as well as selected live UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and FA Cup matches, will be supported by Dolby Atmos.

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What do I need to get Dolby Atmos?

  • A subscription to our Ultimate channel
  • A 4K compatible BT YouView set top box
  • A Dolby Atmos compatible Amplifier or Soundbar (available from High Street stores or online)

You'll also need to make sure that your BT YouView box is connected directly to your Atmos-enabled amplifier or soundbar via an HDMI cable.

For more information on where to buy and how to set up Dolby Atmos, check out our BT Sport help and support section.

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