Netflix starts streaming data-saving AV1 videos on Android
Netflix starts streaming is introducing support for the new AV1 video codec in its Android app, which it claims compresses videos 20 percent more efficiently than the VP9 codec currently in use. The company states that the codec can now be activated for “selected titles” by activating the “save data” option, although it does not specify exactly which titles are supported. Ultimately, Netflix plans to launch AV1 on all platforms and works with device and chipset manufacturers to expand compatibility.
AV1 is important not only because it uses less mobile data. Because also the royalty-free video encoding format has the support of the big tech players. The group behind the standard, the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia). Open Media was founded in 2015 by a group of companies such as Amazon, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Netflix. In 2018, Apple joined their efforts. Apple is a particularly important innovation because its devices currently do not support the prevailing VP9 standard. For this reason, you cannot watch YouTube in 4K on devices like Apple TV or iPad Pro.
Although Netflix starts streaming notes and planned to eventually use AV1. Netflix Use on all platforms, the codec seems to be in its infancy. For example, if you limit usage to the “Save data” option, this is not the best choice for image quality. As Engadget notes, activating the codec for YouTube playback warns. This is a powerful Computing that demands to stream AV1 in HD. Therefore, we wonder how AV1-encoded Netflix videos affect the battery life of our smartphones. There is also the question of how many Android devices support the codec that Netflix does not address. We have asked Netflix for more information and will update this article as soon as we learn about it.