"Dolby Director of Sound Research Brett Crockett also clarified that, since Atmos at home is being delivered as an extension of Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus, you won't need a new Blu-ray player or media streamer (or new HDMI cables) to deliver the format to compatible receivers and pre/pros. You'll merely need to ensure that your player's output is set to bitstream instead of PCM. It stands to reason that Dolby will release a white paper at some point before September giving more details about optimal speaker placement, but until then I wouldn't go cutting extra holes in your ceilings just yet."
I, for one, am so glad i haven't pulled the hole saw out yet.
And the payoff is never certain: Some observers contend that a generation has already been trained to be content with the small screen.
Some servers can do non-encrypted playback to an A/V projector, but it's just a ridiculously expensive media player if you don't have a cinema projector.