The IMAX Enhanced experience offerings on Disney+ are about to get even more experiential. Disney has announced that IMAX signature sound by DTS will soon be added to the already expanded aspect ratio that the IMAX Enhanced experience offers on Disney’s streaming service. While a specific date has not been released, it will be sometime in 2023.
The new audio experience will be available for select best-in-class manufacturers that will suport IMAX signature sound by DTS at launch. This includes IMAX Enhanced certified TVs from Sony and Hisense. AV receivers from Denon, Marantz, and JBL will also be among the companies offering access to the experience when it launches this year at well. IMAX’s expanded aspect ratio, which delivers 1:90:1 and offers up to 26% more picture for select sequences, is currently available for supported titles across all Disney+ on supported devices at no additional cost or addition of equipment.
“We’re excited to roll out the next evolution of IMAX Enhanced technology on Disney+ in the coming year,” said Jerrell Jimerson, Executive Vice President of Product, Disney Streaming. “This unique collaboration extends our long-standing relationship between Disney and IMAX and we look forward to delivering this new immersive audio experience alongside premium playback quality for current and future titles to our audiences around the world.”
“We’re thrilled to bring audiences an even greater cinematic experience in the home and beyond as we roll out the next phase of IMAX Enhanced on Disney+,” said Vikram Arumilli, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Streaming and Consumer Technology, IMAX Corporation.” We can’t wait for fans to experience more of our cutting-edge, unparalleled sight and sound advancements across the entire IMAX Enhanced collection on Disney+, with more titles soon to come.”
“Fan response to the launch of IMAX Enhanced titles on Disney+ has been overwhelmingly positive, giving viewers what they have been asking for – stunning images at home as intended by the incredible teams behind some of the world’s most popular films,” said Bill Neighbors, Chief Content Officer at Xperi. “Now, fans will be able to get the full experience of IMAX Enhanced with the addition of IMAX Enhanced signature sound by DTS, exclusively for those titles.”
The announcement continues the growing relationship between IMAX and Marvel Studios that began when audiences entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in IMAX in 2010. Since then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the highest grossing franchise in IMAX history. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were the first films shot entirely with IMAX digital cameras. Titles available with IMAX Enhanced on Disney+ include select sequences in IMAX’s expanded aspect ratio.
Disney+ is the first major streaming service to elevate the home viewing experience with IMAX Enhanced and give subscribers new ways to re-experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With this partnership between IMAX and DTS, viewers can now experience the IMAX Enhanced titles in the highest fidelity.
When DTS arrives on Disney+ this year, it will be available for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which is arriving on the streaming service on February 1, 2023.
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