Netflix has started streaming the AV1 codec to select TVs and PlayStation 4 Pro. The AV1 Codec is the latest video codec in the industry with a royalty-free license from the Alliance of Open Media (AoMedia). The codec is supported by a slew of tech brands including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Netflix, Microsoft, and many more. Netflix is now rolling out AV1 streaming on a handful of TVs. However, thanks to PS4 Pro compatibility, any TV connected to a gaming console can stream Netflix content in AV1. Netflix launched AV1 video streaming on its Android app in February last year.
Netflix announced The launch of AV1 playback on TV via a blog post on 9 November. Since AV1 requires more CPU hours to encode, Netflix will initially offer some of its popular titles with the new codec, including Money Heist.
“We have a stream analyzer embedded in our encoding pipeline that ensures that all deployed Netflix AV1 streams are spec-compliant. TVs with an AV1 decoder are also required to have decoding capabilities that guarantee smooth playback of AV1 streams.” meet the specific requirement for”, explained Netflix in a blog post.
During playback, Netflix said it saw a 2 percent reduction in play delay with AV1 streaming. Additionally, on some TVs, there was a significant drop in streaming quality as low as 38 percent.
As mentioned, Netflix has started streaming movies and shows encoded in the AV1 codec to compatible TVs as well as TVs connected to the PS4 Pro. AV1 streams require a TV device with an AV1 decoder that meets the specification requirements. Netflix assured that they are working with external partners to enable more devices for AV1 streaming. However, details about the devices supported by the streaming platform are yet to be revealed.
according to a report good By The Verge, select Samsung 2020 UHD Smart TVs, select Samsung 2020 UHD QLED Smart TVs, and select Samsung 2020 8K QLED Smart TVs that will support the AV1 codec in Netflix. The list includes Samsung The Frame 2020 Smart TV, The Serif 2020 Smart TV and The Terrace 2020 Smart TV. As per the report, select Amazon Fire TV devices with Fire OS 7 and above and limited Android TV devices running Android OS 10 and above will also offer AV1 streaming support.
In February last year, Netflix began streaming AV1 encoded content through its app for Android mobile devices, replacing the VP9 codec. Initially it was launched for select titles only.