Netflix has started streaming to Android in AV1

06 February 2020
Currently available as an option to reduce data consumption, with plans for a wider rollout in future.

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  • Anonymous

Anonym, 13 May 2020It's not the default for compatibility reasons, as in wanti... moreIs it probably because, even if there's a hardware encoder, the phone manufacturer will have to license their devices by themselves if they enable it? The one who are paying for the licenses are not the SoC manufacturer, but the phone makers. I think that's the case...

  • Anonym

potato4k, 08 Feb 2020Please show me how many Android phones use HEVC for their d... moreIt's not the default for compatibility reasons, as in wanting to watch the video on older devices or share to platforms that don't support the format. I am having a hard time finding a decent modern smartphone that does not allow recording in HEVC. All decent SoCs have built-in encoders (and decoders), so it's pretty much "free" to do so -- in fact, it's the best choice if you only have modern equipment.

Anonymous, 07 Feb 2020H.265 encoding existed since it's inception on Android. Please show me how many Android phones use HEVC for their default built in camera App for video recording ? Just a handful, and even those like Huawei don’t enable it by default.

  • Anonymous

potato4k, 07 Feb 2020I hope Apple and Qualcomm support this through hardware. Se... moreH.265 encoding existed since it's inception on Android.

  • nicoy

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I hope Apple and Qualcomm support this through hardware. Seems unlikely though as Apple just moved to HEVC recently, and some Android OEMs are just starting to use H.265 encoding.

Anonymous, 06 Feb 2020"This is certainly a step in the right direction, especiall... moreAV1 requires powerful hardware to play now because it's not yet hardware accelerated and requires brute forcing through CPU in software. Once we get hardware level support in chipsets the hardware requirements should be no greater than any other codec.

Al-Aqsa Lover, 07 Feb 2020Which is better, Av1 Or hevc?AV1 is more efficient and can provide better image quality over HEVC. But more importantly, AV1 is open and royalty-free while HEVC is proprietary and requires license fee.

  • tekno744

Al-Aqsa Lover, 07 Feb 2020Which is better, Av1 Or hevc?av1 is free opensource royalty free, hevc is not.
av1 is 30% smaller than hevc for the same quality.

Which is better, Av1 Or hevc?

Such a shame for Qualcomm.

Well if you don't have a mediatek dimensity 1000

It's Impossible to take advantage of this seeing it's the only av1 supported chip in the world currently

  • AnonD-889996

Anonymous, 06 Feb 2020"This is certainly a step in the right direction, especiall... moreWell, with more capable mobile phone being supported, it will be more money for them.

In addition, today Netflix announced that you can finally turn off those annoying previews from the home screen. Go to your profile via a web browser and you’ll see the option to turn it off. Finally :)

  • Anonymous

"This is certainly a step in the right direction, especially for mobile users."

It may be now that it's optional, but soon all video services will make it mandatory forcing everyone to get more powerful hardware and generate more garbage.

hevc is king