Last summer, Netflix started using a special audio system that, much to the delight of users, doesn’t require dedicated equipment.
After rolling out its new technology with season four of Stranger Things, Netflix is now planning a broad rollout that includes a wider variety of movies and series.
However, you should know that to take advantage of the new audio technology, you’ll need to have a premium subscription.
More than 700 movies and TV shows to benefit from enhancements
The company also said that the new “spatial” audio standard is now available for more than 700 of its most-watched movies and series, including The Watcher, Wednesday and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
To figure out if the title you want to watch falls into the category, you’ll have to look for the little logo somewhere in the description, which will tell you if you’ll benefit from this substantial upgrade.
Alternatively, you’ll be able to search for “spatial audio” (spatial audio, if you have an English account) to see the full list of titles.
Over the next few months, you’ll be able to see more series and movies with spatial audio enabled, including You, Your Place or Mine, Luther: The Fallen Sun and Tour de France.
Netflix has teamed up with Sennheiser to use Ambeo 2-Channel Spatial Audio technology. This is designed for built-in stereo speakers, especially when talking about laptops and tablets.
The giant advised that spatial sound should be effective on TVs that are not too far from the viewer and phones with stereo speakers.
The company claims that the sound in question will provide an immersive experience even for those used to wearing headphones.
As a result, it looks like Netflix is doing its best to grow its premium user base. Sort of like “come to the dark side, we have cookies”, only in a slightly more techy version.