Amazon has confirmed it’s not a mistake — your Amazon Prime Video subscription now not consists of Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR or Dolby Atmos encompass sound. That’s on high of the advertisements that Amazon injected into the service on January twenty ninth. Now, while you pay $2.99 a month to take away these advertisements, you will get Dolby Imaginative and prescient 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 Imaginative and prescient and Dolby Atmos capabilities are solely obtainable on the advert free choice, on related titles.”
Whereas value hikes are now not remotely uncommon within the streaming video house, the place Netflix now prices $22.99 a month for its 4K tier, it’s a bit more durable 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 should pay an additional 18 p.c to get the complete Rings of Energy expertise with out advertisements and in full constancy.
Prime Video can also be obtainable as an $8.99-per-month standalone subscription; in case you subscribe that method and add $2.99 monthly, it’s extra like a 28 p.c value hike.
In case you choose advertisements, Prime Video’s $8.99-per-month is a greenback lower than Disney Plus with advertisements at $9.99 monthly, although Netflix presently presents its 1080p service with advertisements at $6.99 monthly.