Netflix adds spatial audio support


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Today we’re excited to bring spatial audio to our members around the world with Sennheiser.

Often, the subtlety of sound goes unnoticed, but it can have a profound impact on the atmosphere of a scene and fundamentally change the audience’s response. Some of the most iconic moments in TV and film are defined by the immersive moments they create through sound. Without its excellent sound design, would the final fight scene in The Adam Project be as electric? Would Eddie Munson’s epic guitar scene in Stranger Things 4 bring the ǝpᴉsdn uʍop to life the same way?

Netflix spatial audio helps to translate the cinematic experience of immersive audio to any stereo, so the work creators do to bring you into the story happens no matter what device you use to watch Netflix. Spatial audio will roll out across our catalog beginning today, and you can hear it for yourself by typing “spatial audio” into the search bar and selecting a show or film that supports it in the search results. This magical combination of sight and sound will bring viewers closer to the story, and we’re excited to add this capability to other features we support like 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos®, and Netflix Calibrated Mode.

Supporting the vision of our creative partners has always been incredibly important to us, and we continue to focus on features that bring our entertainment to life wherever you enjoy Netflix. For more information, visit our Help Center.

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Doing a quick google search I have to ask if that only work with headphones? My TV has a Bose soundbar 300 hooked up. Would I notice a difference in the sound?
 

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Doing a quick google search I have to ask if that only work with headphones? My TV has a Bose soundbar 300 hooked up. Would I notice a difference in the sound?
Are you using Netflix on your computer as an app or just from the tv app?

Find Netflix cannot reproduce good sound as much as my computers smplayer. On a smaller sound system with the tv app it may help a tad but testing would be the definitive answer.
 

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Are you using Netflix on your computer as an app or just from the tv app?

Find Netflix cannot reproduce good sound as much as my computers smplayer. On a smaller sound system with the tv app it may help a tad but testing would be the definitive answer.
I watch Netflix on my computer using a browser and my Bluetooth headphones. On my TVs I use the app on my Roku boxes.
 

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I watch Netflix on my computer using a browser and my Bluetooth headphones. On my TVs I use the app on my Roku boxes.
You might see a small improvement but honestly the browser for Netflix watching is horrible. I even wish the Netflix app for windows was better but you get what you get hey
 

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You might see a small improvement but honestly the browser for Netflix watching is horrible.
Why do you think using a browser to watch Netflix is horrible? I watch Netflix using a browser in full screen mode on my second monitor and I haven't noticed any problems.
 

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I'll stick to 5.1 surround sound
 

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Why do you think using a browser to watch Netflix is horrible? I watch Netflix using a browser in full screen mode on my second monitor and I haven't noticed any problems.
While pretty much every popular internet browser is capable of streaming Netflix content in HD, just how HD it is will vary between browsers. Here’s a simple look at what maximum resolution each browser is capable of on a computer:

Google Chrome: Up to 720p (although you can get 1080p using Chrome OS, like on a Chromebook)

Firefox: Up to 720p

Opera: Up to 720p

Safari: Up to 4K (requires a select 2018 Mac or later with an Apple T2 Security Chip and MacOS 11.0 Big Sur or later)

Microsoft Edge: Up to 4K (requires HDCP 2.2-compliant connection to a 4K display, with at least Intel’s 7th-generatio Core CPU, plus the latest version of Windows)
 

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While pretty much every popular internet browser is capable of streaming Netflix content in HD, just how HD it is will vary between browsers. Here’s a simple look at what maximum resolution each browser is capable of on a computer:

Google Chrome: Up to 720p (although you can get 1080p using Chrome OS, like on a Chromebook)

Firefox: Up to 720p

Opera: Up to 720p

Safari: Up to 4K (requires a select 2018 Mac or later with an Apple T2 Security Chip and MacOS 11.0 Big Sur or later)

Microsoft Edge: Up to 4K (requires HDCP 2.2-compliant connection to a 4K display, with at least Intel’s 7th-generatio Core CPU, plus the latest version of Windows)
I never watched anything in HD . My Netflix viewing is mostly old TV shows that weren't filmed in HD.
 

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I never watched anything in HD . My Netflix viewing is mostly old TV shows that weren't filmed in HD.
Ahh I see, then I don't think you will get much bonus from spatial audio on older shows. However if you do try it let me know how it goes 🙂
 

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Ahh I see, then I don't think you will get much bonus from spatial audio on older shows. However if you do try it let me know how it goes 🙂
Will do! :)
 

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