The world’s most popular streaming service is undergoing a pretty significant makeover. Hoping to boost profits, Netflix has already introduced a new premium subscription which allows users to access 4K HDR quality, but now the streaming service is rolling out its spatial audio feature to a far more comprehensive range of titles.
The brand-new audio option will be rolled out across the platform’s top 700 titles and claims to provide the whole surround sound experience to any device, though the feature is optimised for tablets and laptops. Available right now if you already pay for the premium subscription, the audio option has actually been around since July 2022 but was restricted to only a small number of original titles.
Revealing news of the wider rollout in a press release, the company stated: “Netflix’s Premium plan already offers the highest quality viewing experience, with beautiful, crisp, 4K HDR video resolution without ads, the ability to watch and download series and films on four supported devices at a time, and more. Now, with Netflix spatial audio, our members with Premium will enjoy the highest quality sound experience available, whether they are watching at home on TV or a computer, or on the go with a phone or tablet”.
Continuing, they explain: “Netflix spatial audio brings an immersive, cinematic sound experience on any device with no additional equipment required — and now it’s available on more than 700 of our top watched titles, including Stranger Things, The Watcher, Wednesday, and Knives Out: Glass Onion“.
Intended for built-in stereo speakers on any device, spatial audio naturally works a little better when wearing headphones. As well as this audio feature, premium Netflix subscribers can download onto two more devices than before, jumping from four to six.
Take part in Netflix’s audio demonstration below and see if you can tell the difference.