Netflix has confirmed that it is not testing the rumored spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max at the moment. In January 2021, it was reported that the video streaming service is working on adding spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, along with its current Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround sound support systems.
The Spatial Audio support offers an immersive and cinematic surround sound technology which elevates viewers’ movies’ and TV shows’ watch experience. Apple supports Spatial Audio on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, in conjunction with iOS devices. The Cupertino tech giant describes the audio technology as,
Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking brings theater-like sound that surrounds you from the movie or video you’re watching, so that it seems as if the sound is coming from all around you. The sound field stays mapped to the device, and the voice stays with the actor or action on screen.
Spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max is not coming to Netflix at the moment
MacRumors writes that in a statement given to the publisher, Netflix spokesperson said,
It’s not currently testing spatial audio support, and has no plans to make public at this point in time. Netflix instead says it was testing multi-channel support for built-in speakers, as part of its mission to “improve” its service, and evaluate “new experiences” for users.
Recently, the video streaming service has launched a new Downloads For You feature to automatically download suggested shows and movies on subscribers’ iOS and Andriod smartphones. The company explains that the new feature is introduced to improve users’ experience on the service.
Having said that, an improved listening experience would have been a great addition to the service, which would have definitely improved users’ experience. The company’s competitive video streaming services like Apple TV+, HBO, Disney already offer support for Spatial audio. One can argue that Netflix does offer Dolby Atmos support but that is only for premium plan subscribers, not all.