Google Dolby Atmos Project Caviar Image Credit: Bence Boros

Google is doing the job on a royalty-no cost open up media format to rival Dolby Atmos and Dolby Eyesight.

The interior strategies, referred to as Challenge Caviar, were proven to unique components brands previously this yr, in accordance to a report from Protocol. Google’s presentation termed the job a way to make a “healthier, broader ecosystem” for premium media encounters. As it stands, anybody who employs Dolby’s formats must pay back a licensing payment to do so. 

YouTube is the primary aim for introducing a competing standard with Dolby. The premier video system in the world does not presently assist Dolby Atmos or Dolby Eyesight. Google’s efforts in the movie realm have been primarily concentrated on codecs. It helped to discovered the Alliance for Open Media, which oversees the royalty-absolutely free AV1 video codec. 

Protocol experiences that Challenge Caviar is diverse than Google’s past audio initiatives since it is not a codec. It focuses on 3D audio and HDR video formats that use present codecs but features a “rich and immersive media playback expertise.” The obvious purpose is to give YouTube creators access to Dolby Atmos-like ordeals with no the need to have to pay Dolby’s licensing charges.

Dolby makes most of its revenue as a result of licensing with components brands. Dolby Vision nets upwards of $3 for every Tv made with the technological know-how. We really don’t know what Dolby prices hardware producers to license its Dolby Atmos tech since the business has not publicly disclosed it. But Xbox proprietors who want to encounter Dolby Atmos on their console spend a $15 license for every console to do so.

Google and lots of other firms less than the Alliance for Open up Media are also searching for an option to Dolby Atmos. Customers include Amazon, Netflix, Meta, and Samsung, amid other scaled-down providers. The consortium is at the moment doing work on a new audio format called Immersive Audio Container–meant to produce a 3D audio expertise with present open codecs. Apple has thrown its help behind Dolby Eyesight and Dolby Atmos–so is a format war at hand?