Netflix is allegedly working on adding spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max to its service. Netflix already supports Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround sound on supported systems.
Spatial Audio support will allow for an immersive and cinematic surround sound experience for watching movies and TV shows. Apple supports Spatial Audio on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, in conjunction with iOS devices.
Spatial Audio is coming to Netflix soon
AirPods Pro were the first wireless headphones to receive Spatial Audio support with iOS 14 update last year. The feature uses accelerometer and gyroscope in both iPhone and AirPods Pro (and now AirPods Max) to track users’ head motion in relation to the device. Here is how we had covered the announcement last year:
The new spatial audio system enables AirPods Pro deliver an immersive surround sound experience by using directional audio filters to create a movie theater-like effect with sound from all directions. The new technology uses accelerometer and gyroscope in iPhone and AirPods Pro to re-direct sound fields by tracking users’ head motions and the smartphone’s movements; the devices automatically compare motion data to “remap” sound fields to always keep the immersive sounds in sync.
Basically, you can get a cinematic experience when watching supported content with an iOS 14 device and AirPods Pro/AirPods Max combination. Apple TV+ content and movies that it sells on its platform already support spatial audio. Third-party services like Disney+ and Hulu also support spatial audio.
French website iPhoneSoft has reported that a Netflix developer has anonymously confirmed that spatial audio is being tested internally and will be released with a limited amount of content in Spring this year.
As Netflix supports Dolby Atmos on its most expensive tier only, it is possible that it will also add support for spatial audio to the same tier. We will find out more in a few months.