Netflix announces spatial audio support for all compatible devices
The price of the average Netflix subscription has been steadily creeping upwards in various markets as of late; however, the service does make an efforts to rationalize this with support for features such as streaming in 4K, Dolby Atmos and HDR. Now, it has added a new one to this list: spatial audio.
Netflix asserts that this new option, powered by "AMBEO technology" from Sennheiser, should just kick in on a compatible device. However, there are several caveats to this general rule, one of which is that it may be coountermanded by speakers rated for surround sound instead.
In addition, some TVs might default to 5.1 instead, and may or may not enable the new feature while streaming when "stereo audio" is enabled in their settings. Then again, it may be far easier to access on devices such as the AirPods Pro, 3 or Max - or, indeed, on any Mac, iPhone or Apple TV.
Spatial audio via Netflix is set to be available on any title, except for those with official Dolby Atmos or 5.1 instead. If there are any restrictions on its availability based on a user's tier or plan, the company has yet to mention them.