Netflix lifts download restriction on one Premium tier, increases support for spatial audio

Netflix today announced two changes to its service for customers who subscribed to its most expensive Premium tier.  The streaming giant is greatly expanding its selection of spatial audio content and lifting one of the restrictions on download devices.


Netflix announces two changes to its service

In July of last year, Netflix introduced Spatial Audio support for the first time, starting with a modest selection of its original films and television programs. However, with today’s news, spatial audio is currently accessible on more than 700 TV shows and films.

Popular titles including The Watcher, Wednesday, and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery now support spatial audio. Other titles like You, Your Place or Mine, Luther: The Fallen Sun, and Tour de France will soon support the audio format. Netflix will also add support for spatial audio to new titles as they are released.

Spatial audio for Netflix works across a bunch of compatible Apple devices and AirPods. Here’s a list:

  • iPhone 7 and later running iOS 15.1 or above
  • iPad Air 3rd generation and later running iPadOS 15.1 or above
  • iPad mini 5th generation and later running iPadOS 15.1 or above
  • iPad Pro 3rd generation and later running iPadOS 15.1 or above
  • Apple TV 4K and later running tvOS 15 or above

Compatible Apple headphones include the following:

  • AirPods 3rd generation
  • AirPods Pro
  • AirPods Max
  • Beats Fit Pro

Note that spatial audio for Netflix can only be accessed if you are subscribed to the service’s $19.99/month Premium tier.

Spatial Audio

On the topic of Netflix’s Premium tier, the range of devices to which content can be downloaded for offline viewing has also grown. With today’s announcement, the streaming giant now allows users to download material to six devices as opposed to the previous four.

With people more connected than ever through multiple devices, we’ve learned through research that members would like the option to download Netflix series and films to watch offline on more devices, particularly as they travel and switch between devices. That’s why we’re increasing the number of download devices from four to six for premium members, so you can watch Netflix on your devices — anytime, anywhere.

The above-mentioned changes were announced as the company revealed it is testing new ways to detect password borrowers, effectively stopping users from sharing their accounts with non-subscribers.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.