Netflix is reportedly quietly testing support for the new iOS 14 spatial audio functionality, according to a report from iPhoneSoftReferring to an anonymous Netflix developer, the company has been testing spatial audio support on iPhones and iPads since December.
There’s actually not a lot of work to be done at the end of Netflix to support spatial audio. This service offers a wide variety of surround sound content, which is where spatial audio converts into virtual surround sound. Many streaming services, including Apple TV +, Hulu, and Disney +, already support spatial audio.
iPhoneSoft The report does not include specific information about when Netflix will release the Spatial Voice Report, rather than just vague recommendations with a “limited”; catalog.
What is Spatial Audio?
The spatial audio feature is exclusive to AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, and the switch can be accessed through the Control Center when your AirPods are connected.
Apple says spatial audio is a delightful experience, using directional sound filters to “play sound almost anywhere in space, creating a realistic sound experience.” This keeps the surround channels in the right place. Even when you turn your head or move your device.
Here’s how Apple describes the spatial audio feature for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max users:
Surround sound with dynamic header tracking brings a cinematic experience to your AirPods Pro by using directional audio filters and finely tuned frequencies that each ear receives spatial sound. Where in space creates an immersive surround sound experience. Using the gyroscope and accelerometer on your AirPods Pro and iPhone, spatial sound tracks your head and device movements, compare motion data, then remap the sound field to keep it even with your device. While your head Movement
One important thing to note is that only the highest premium Netflix tiers support Dolby Atmos surround sound.It is possible that Netflix will restrict Spatial Audio to Premium members too, but we don’t know details yet.
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