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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Amazon removes Dolby Imaginative and prescient and Atmos from Prime Video subscribers who do not pay to go ad-free

WTF?! Amazon has given individuals one more reason to like the corporate. After introducing advertisements on January 29 to Prime Video subscribers who do not pay extra, it has now been revealed that those that will not hand over the additional $2.99 monthly additionally lose entry to Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR and Dolby Atmos encompass sound assist. Curiously, the lack of these options is one thing Amazon beforehand didn’t reveal.

The invention of the misplaced options was first observed by German tech publication 4K Filme over the weekend and has since been confirmed by Amazon.

Forbes examined the Dolby Imaginative and prescient/Dolby Atmos-encoded ‘Jack Ryan’ TV collection to search out out if the options had been lacking. Whereas the TV itself confirmed popups confirming that the content material was taking part in in Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR and Dolby Atmos on the ad-free tier, the usual tier with advertisements solely supported HDR10+ and Dolby Digital 5.1.

Amazon has confirmed the change, nevertheless it hasn’t defined its causes for the choice. As with every part in life, it is doubtless associated to cash: Amazon has to pay licensing charges to Dolby Laboratories, whereas HDR10+ is a free and open different.

Amazon Prime Video began supporting Dolby Imaginative and prescient in 2016, nevertheless it dropped assist a 12 months later in favor of HDR10+. The streaming service introduced Dolby Imaginative and prescient again for choose content material in 2022.

What seems particularly devious on Amazon’s half is the truth that it by no means informed anybody about these options being eliminated for these on the usual advert tier. Forbes notes that what’s even worse is that viewing the video header data for Jack Ryan on an account with advertisements reveals it has Dolby Imaginative and prescient and Dolby Atmos assist, but neither characteristic seems in this system except you improve to the ad-free tier.

A current report claimed that Amazon is unlikely to lose Prime subscribers over the introduction of advertisements to Prime Video, on condition that so many individuals use it for the purchasing and transport perks.

There are, nonetheless, loads of individuals indignant concerning the introduction of advertisements to the service, and have filed a $5 million proposed class motion lawsuit towards the corporate in California. It claims Amazon breached its contract and violated state shopper safety legal guidelines on behalf of customers who noticed their subscriptions change. The removing of the Dolby options may give the plaintiffs’ arguments extra weight.

Simply weeks earlier than Amazon launched advertisements to subscribers, it confirmed that it might be shedding tons of of workers throughout its Prime Video and MGM Studios divisions.

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