Netflix currently supports the AV1 codec when streaming to certain TVs, the organization reported on Tuesday. It’s just accessible on specific gadgets to begin with, however that list incorporates any TV connected with the PS4 Pro, so in the event that you have one of those, you can try AV1 Netflix streaming a shot.
Netflix shared this lineup of supported gadgets to:
Select Samsung 2020 UHD Smart TVs
Select Samsung 2020 UHD QLED Smart TVs
Select Samsung 2020 8K QLED Smart TVs
Samsung The Frame 2020 Smart TVs
Samsung The Serif 2020 Smart TVs
Samsung The Terrace 2020 Smart TVs
Any TV connected to a PS4 Pro streaming with the Netflix application
Select Amazon Fire TV devices with Fire OS 7 and above
Select Android TV devices with Android OS 10 and above
Netflix noted in its blog that “we are working with external partners to enable more and more devices for AV1 streaming,” so ideally more hardware will be viable soon. Furthermore, the organization additionally says it’s “exploring” the chance of AV1 streams with HDR.
AV1 can incline toward high-powered modern processors to stream better quality video with more compression than other video codecs, and in Netflix’s testing, it saw that AV1 delivered higher quality videos at the equivalent bitrate as different formats and that testers saw less perceptible drops in video quality.
Yet, this move probably isn’t altogether motivated by better streaming performance; since AV1 is an open-source codec, Netflix likewise will not need to pay royalties to use it. The codec has expansive industry support and is managed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), which counts Apple, Amazon, Facebook (presently Meta), Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Samsung and more as members.
Netflix first supported AV1 videos in its Android app in February 2020. At the time, it promoted better streaming with AV1, saying that it saw a 20 percent improvement in compression when contrasted and the VP9 codec. In a blog for that declaration, Netflix said that its goal was to “roll out AV1 on all of our platforms,” and when we asked Wednesday, Netflix declined to share a timeline of when we may see AV1 Netflix streaming on different gadgets.