According to a recent announcement from Netflix, premium subscribers can now download content to more devices and use spatial audio for more than 700 titles. Both of the upgraded features are offered without charge.
Netflix titles can be downloaded for offline viewing on up to six devices by premium subscribers. Previously, the plan only permitted simultaneous downloads on four of the supported devices. This upgraded feature will probably be very useful for large families looking to travel this year.
In an official blog post, Netflix Director of Product Management Rishu Arora stated, “With people more connected than ever through multiple devices, we’ve learned through research that members would like the option to download Netflix series and films to watch offline on more devices, particularly as they travel and switch between devices.
Each device can have up to 100 active downloads, irrespective of the user’s plan. This indicates that a total of 600 downloads can be active at once for Premium subscribers across all of their devices. It should be noted that not all titles can be downloaded. In addition, some downloaded books disappear after a predetermined period of time.
Netflix has introduced spatial audio to all devices for subscribers to all plans, including Basic and Standard, as was previously announced in July. Users of Netflix’s more affordable plans, however, can only access a certain number of movies.
More than 700 of Netflix’s most popular films and television shows, including “Stranger Things,” “Wednesday,” and “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” are now available to Netflix Premium subscribers in high-quality audio. As new titles are released, spatial audio will continue to be added by Netflix. “You,” “Your Place or Mine,” “Luther: The Fallen Sun,” and “Tour de France” are included in this.
It’s significant to note that spatial audio doesn’t require any specialized hardware. Users can enter “Spatial Audio” in the Netflix search bar to see which movies and television shows are compatible with it. In order to facilitate user search, the company also added a new spatial audio badge to the title cards of movies and television programs.
Netflix probably introduced these two updates to entice more users to upgrade to its most expensive subscription option as it tests out new revenue streams, such as its upcoming password-sharing feature. In Q4 2022, Netflix made $7.85 billion while continuing to see modest revenue growth. In the previous quarter, the company’s revenue increased by $7.93 billion.
Costing $19.99 a month, the Premium plan is $4.50 more expensive than the Standard plan and $20 more expensive than the Basic plan. The more expensive plan offers Dolby Atmos, 4K HDR video resolution, and simultaneous viewing on four supported devices.
Although Netflix’s “Basic with Ads” plan is only $6.99 per month, it has reportedly received little take-up since its November launch. According to Kantar, 12% of its subscriber base is on the ad-supported tier.