MultiChoice has announced that it has completed the installation of its Dolby Atmos-enabled production suite, housed at its broadcast center in Randburg.

Dolby Atmos, developed by Dolby Laboratories, is a surround sound technology that adds “height channels” for 3D-like effects in movies and television series, allowing viewers to feel like they are immersed in the action.

“In line with our strategy to be Africa’s leading storyteller, our media technology team continues to ensure our production values increase and can compete with the best in the world.  We are also incredibly proud of the diversity of our teams, the lead engineers on this project were women. Gender equality continues to be a primary focus as we know that diversity drives improved results,” said Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video at MultiChoice Group.

Dolby gives viewers a moving sound experience, allowing them to feel like they are part of a scene. This is achieved by creating a full 360-degree moving sound around the room. Dolby Atmos is versatile and can be played back virtually on any speaker configuration, while greater precision of audio object placement can be achieved each time the number of speakers is incremented.

“The Dolby Atmos studio is aligned with the objective to become Africa’s most loved storyteller. It has been an exciting process to be a part of building this studio as we continuously look to innovate and enhance the customer experience,” explained Tammy Gcaza, Post Production Manager at MultiChoice.

The deployment of this tech is the first of many to come at MultiChoice, with the upcoming tech refreshes of its Audio Final Mix suites also earmarked to be Atmos deployments.

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“For MultiChoice, this was the first Dolby Atmos-enabled production suite we had to build. Most of the technology and equipment in this studio were new to us, so we had to read up on just about everything, but it was very interesting,” explained Kabelo Lebajoa, Media Technology Engineer at MultiChoice.

“Thanks to the Dolby Atmos production suite, we are able to enhance our content and stand out in terms of value creation for both our international distributors and our viewers. It truly is a ‘wow’ user experience,” added Palesa Selepe, Media Technology Engineer at MultiChoice.

“It is such an incredible pleasure to work with these leading ladies because they embody everything we strive to do, to bring our customers the best in entertainment,” notes Gcaza.

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