The company starts rolling out support for high-quality audio.
Netflix is rolling out support for higher-quality audio on all its streams, a move that was influenced by a scene in Stanger Things. The Duffer brothers, creators of the hit series, mentioned an episode on the second season involving a car chase and complained that the sound wasn’t as detailed as they hoped it would be.
Now you can argue that it’s a streaming service – but if Netflix can support 4K and HDR through streaming, then they could also support higher quality audio. Netflix already supports multi-channel audio including Dolby Atmos, but the support for high-quality audio would mean you’d be able to hear the sound the way the directors have intended.
Just like video, the audio quality will be dependent on your internet connection. Using adaptive streaming, you’ll get the best audio and video quality if your connection is faster and will continuously adjust depending on the bandwidth available.
Netflix says that high-quality audio will be supported on smart TVs and set-up boxes that support 5.1 and Dolby Atmos. If you’re using a 5.1 setup, you’d be getting up to 640 kbps for audio or if you’re a premium subscriber, you can enjoy Dolby Atmos at up to 768 kbps.