The Disney+ app is getting better for Apple TV and AirPods users. They can indeed now take advantage of Dolby Atmos for spatial audio, as on other platforms.
Until now, the Disney+ application distributed 5.1 sound to the spatial audio system used by Apple TV. The promised audio immersion was therefore not there for AirPods owners, while the streaming service supports Dolby Atmos on all other devices.
For Apple TV, Disney developers have developed a custom video player that is not Apple’s. The absence of spatial audio in Dolby Spatial for the manufacturer’s box is undoubtedly due to this “custom” player. But the latest app update finally enables full compatibility with Apple TV Spatial Audio.
Therefore, owners of AirPods 3, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max can take full advantage of Dolby Atmos while listening to their Apple TV 4K (1st and 2nd generation). HomePod owners are also affected, but beware only in default audio output mode. And only the speaker released in 2018, which is no longer marketed by Apple, is compatible.
On Apple TV, the app provides 16-channel Dolby Atmos sound, which allows tvOS, the device’s operating system, to produce spatial audio that makes it sound like you’re in a sound bubble. To benefit from it, you must update the app to version 2.9.5.
If Apple TV wins with this update, Android platforms lose something! The latest version 2.9.1 of the Disney+ application for Android TV and Google TV does indeed bug Dolby Atmos on connected TVs from Sony, TCL and Hisense, on Nvidia’s Shield, Chromecast, and no doubt others. devices. To regain normal operation, you must install version 2.8.0 of the app in sideloading, or wait for Disney to correct its blunder.