On Tuesday, Netflix has mentioned that it supports the new AV1 streaming technology while streaming. It’s only accessible on a few devices. It’s only accessible on a few devices. But that list includes any TV connected to a PS4 Pro, so if you have one of them, you can try out AV1 Netflix streaming.
“We are working with external partners to enable more and more devices for AV1 streaming,” according to Netflix’s blog, so maybe more gadgets will be compatible soon. AV1 streams with HDR are also being “explored,” according to the business.
Netflix shared the list of supported devices:
- Any TV connected to a PS4 Pro streaming with the Netflix app
- Android TV devices with Android OS 10 and above
- Amazon Fire TV devices with Fire OS 7 and above
- Samsung The Frame 2020 Smart TVs
- Samsung The Serif 2020 Smart TVs
- Samsung The Terrace 2020 Smart TVs
- Samsung 2020 UHD Smart TVs
- Samsung 2020 UHD QLED Smart TVs
- Samsung 2020 8K QLED Smart TVs
AV1 can make use of high-powered processors to stream higher-quality video with greater compression than other video codecs, and Netflix found that AV1 offered higher-quality films at the same bitrate as other formats, with less perceptible quality reductions.
However, this change is unlikely to be prompted just for improved streaming performance; because AV1 is an open-source codec, Netflix will not be required to pay royalties to utilize it. The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), whose members include Apple, Amazon, Facebook (now Meta), Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Samsung, and others, is in charge of the codec.
Netflix’s Android app initially supported AV1 videos in February 2020. It boasted at the time about improved streaming with AV1, claiming a 20 percent compression gain over the VP9 codec. Netflix stated in a blog post for the announcement that its objective was to “roll out AV1 on all of our platforms,” but when we inquired about a date for when we may see AV1 Netflix streaming on other devices, Netflix didn’t mention any timeframe.
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