Bad news if you have Netflix and some AirPods

Unlike its competitors, Netflix has been slow to update support for Spatial Audio that already exists on rival platforms. Although a few months ago there was speculation about possible tests that Netflix would be carrying out, to bring that function to users of compatible devices, this week spokesmen for the company.

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Netflix denies update for surround sound devices.

Netflix official sources assure that the company is currently It is not testing spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. The clarification ends a previous report that claimed support would be rolled out in the spring. According to a statement obtained by MacRummors.

Netflix leaves AirPods users wanting

The spokesperson also assured that he is not currently testing spatial audio support and has no plans to go public at this time. Netflix. Instead, he said I was testing multi-channel support for built-in speakers, as part of its mission to “improve” its service and evaluate “new experiences” for users.

As expected, Netflix and AirPods users have been waiting for the streaming giant to embrace the feature. But everything indicates that neither this, nor the fact that several of its main competitors, such as Disney Plus, HBO Max and, of course, Apple TV +, already include spatial audio support, intimidates the platform.

For those unfamiliar with the function, Spatial Audio provides dynamic 3D surround-style sound when watching or listening to compatible content. The function follows your head movements to give you the feeling that sound is coming from all directions, just like in a movie theater. As Apple also describes:

“By applying directional audio filters and subtly adjusting the frequencies each ear receives, spatial audio can place sounds virtually anywhere in space”

Although this statement from Netflix may be a bit disappointing for AirPods users, in most technical aspects the platform is still far superior to rivals, and even the one that is now emerging as its main threat: Disney +

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