As Netflix has to transmit dozens of videos to millions of users a day, it takes up a lot of bandwidth, not only on the company side, but also on the user side. To ensure a smoother streaming process, the company has announced that it will switch its AV1 streaming codec to select TVs and the PS4 Pro.
For those wondering why this is a good thing, it’s because the AV1 codec not only allows users to stream better quality content with better compression, but also at the same bitrate as other formats. They also noticed during testing that they noticed less noticeable declines in video quality during the streaming process.
The decision isn’t entirely altruistic because, as The Verge notes, the AV1 codec is open source, meaning Netflix doesn’t have to pay royalties to use it, saving the company money. Netflix first introduced the use of the AV1 codec in its Android app early last year, but is now being introduced on multiple devices.
Not all TVs will support it at this point, but since it is supported on the PS4 Pro, if you own a TV that does not support the AV1 codec, just plug your PS4 Pro into the TV and you should get started. According to Netflix, they told The Verge that the devices currently supported include:
- Select Samsung 2020 UHD Smart TV
- Select Samsung 2020 UHD QLED Smart TV
- Select Samsung 2020 8K QLED Smart TV
- Samsung The Frame 2020 Smart TV
- Samsung The Serif 2020 Smart TV
- Samsung The Terrace 2020 Smart TV
- Any TV connected to PS4 Pro streaming with the Netflix app
- Choose Amazon Fire TVs with Fire OS 7 and later
- Choose Android TVs with Android OS 10 and later
The company notes that they are working to enable more AV1 streaming devices by working with external partners, so if your TV is not currently supported, we hope it will be in the future.
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