HBO Max today added all eight seasons of Game of Thrones in 4K HDR (HDR10, Dolby Vision) as well as in the Dolby Atmos audio format.
The TV Answer Man sampled a few episodes this morning and found the show looked much more vivid and detailed than the high-def version that has been available on HBO since the show’s debut in 2011. The Dolby Atmos sound, which can project sound above and around the viewer, also creates an even greater dramatic experience.
HBO Max says Game of Thrones is available in 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos via its ads-free plan which costs $14.99 a month. (The streamer also has an ads-included plan for $9.99 a month, but it does not include 4K programming.)
In a press release announcing the format upgrade, HBO Max last month did not give an exact date in August for when Game of Thrones would be available in 4K and Dolby Atmos. (The show has only been available in high-def until now.) But the streamer made the addition this morning.
The fantasy drama series, which is based on the George R.R. Martin novels, includes 73 episodes from season one in 2011 to season eight in 2019. The show, which stars Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Kit Harrington, and Emilia Clarke, chronicles a war of succession in a mythical kingdom.
HBO Max also announced last month that its new series, House of the Dragon, which is based on Martin’s book, Fire & Blood, will debut on August 21 in 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos. The show is based on a civil war that takes place about 300 years before the events in Game of Thrones.
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