Amazon Prime Video Quietly Removes Dolby, Unless You Spring For Ad-Free Viewing

The change occurred earlier this year when Amazon Prime Video began charging subscriber's extra to avoid commercials.

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If you're an Amazon Prime Video subscriber but haven't sprung for the streaming giant's new ad-free version, you may have noticed that something seems different. 

In fact, something is — Amazon has removed  Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos surround sound from your streaming experience. These features are now offered only to those who subscribe to the add-free Prime Video version.

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Esther D’Amico
Senior News Editor

Esther D’Amico is Kiplinger’s senior news editor. A long-time antitrust and congressional affairs journalist, Esther has covered a range of beats including infrastructure, climate change and the industrial chemicals sector. She previously served as chief correspondent for a financial news service where she chronicled debates in and out of Congress, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Commerce Department with a particular focus on large mergers and acquisitions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and in English.

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