Netflix introduces a small, but very significant novelty to its application

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Netflix decided to introduce a small, but very significant change to its mobile application. Developers responsible for the development of the service implemented the AV1 video codec support for the program. What does it mean? First of all, the fact that the whole will not only work more efficiently, but also save data while watching. Netflix allows you to enable the codec for selected titles, but does not specify in your program which productions are currently supported. AV1 codec support is expected to be introduced on all platforms over time. Netflix also works with device and microchip manufacturers to ensure full compatibility.

The AV1 codec is an alternative to the currently used VP9 standard – its use allows you to save data in a way up to 20% more efficiently, which may appeal to people using smartphones and not connected to a Wi-Fi network. The group behind the development of the AV1 codec is the Alliance for Open Media. These include such giants as, among others Amazon, Apple, Google, Intel, Microsoft and of course Netflix. Thanks to the use of AV1, Apple devices are finally looking forward to the possibility of video playback in 4K on equipment such as Apple TV or iPad Pro.


Nowadays it is not known how exactly in practice the use of the AV1 codec translates into the image quality presented by Netflix. Assuming a large reduction in data usage, it can be assumed that multimedia materials will have to lose some of their original quality. Something for something. The company also did not communicate how AV1 affects performance and battery life of the smartphone. Some reports say that these two issues will suffer the most at the expense of reducing the final internet bill of each user.

We will probably know more details over time. There is nothing else but to wait for the full introduction of the described functionality on devices operating on the basis of a system other than Android.

Source: The verge