It’s all thanks to a new codec
Watching Netflix on mobile data will eat up your monthly allocation really quickly, that’s why the company has been looking for ways to save data by using better compression codecs. The company today has announced exactly that – Netflix will now be using the AV1 codec it developed with Amazon, Google, Intel, and other companies, which promises to deliver the same quality streams with less data.
Netflix says the new AV1 codec offers better performance and around 20% improved compression efficiency over the previous codec, which means less data used overall.
It bears noting though that AV1 isn’t being applied to all Netflix content right now, and only kicks in some titles once you enable it by using the Save Data feature. Also, the codec is only applicable to Android devices right now, though Netflix is bringing the new codec to all platforms soon.