Neftlix: support for AV1 codec on PS4 PRo, Samsung smart TV, Amazon Fire O7 and Android OS 10

Neftlix: support for AV1 codec on PS4 PRo, Samsung smart TV, Amazon Fire O7 and Android OS 10


Netflix's Android application supports AV1 encoded videos as early as February 2020, but the results have prompted the company to support the 360-degree codec, starting with any video system alongside a PlayStation 4, several Samsung TVs, Amazon Fire TV devices with Fire OS 7 or higher and some TVs equipped with Android OS 10 or higher.

The higher hardware requirements of the AV1 codec cut out older devices but allow for improved compression 20% compared to a codec like VP9. The list of compatible devices, however, will increase soon, at least according to the promises of Netflix which is also investigating the possibility of implementing HDR in AV1 content. All in function of greater optimization and savings, both in terms of bandwidth and money since the AV1 codec is free and does not involve any royalty.

Netflix has expanded support for the AV1 codec to PS4, Fire Os and several Samsung TVs, including those from The Frame series As for Samsung TVs, compatibility starts with 2020 UHD models, including both LEDs than QLED. Samsung The Frame 2020, Samsung The Serif 2020 and Samsung The Terrace 2020 series all support AV1 content. The goal is to support all possible platforms, but Netflix hasn't given any clues as to the timing it will take for that to happen.

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Netflix’s 1st gay holiday rom-com brings laughs — and Jennifer Coolidge

All we want for Christmas is Jennifer Coolidge!

Netflix just dropped a full trailer for “Single All the Way,” its first holiday romantic comedy featuring gay lead characters.

The movie, coming Dec. 2, has a classic Christmas rom-com premise: Peter (Michael Urie) doesn’t want to be judged for being single when he goes back home to his small town for Christmas, so he enlists his best friend, Nick (Philemon Chambers), to pose as his boyfriend. But when Peter’s mother sets him up on a blind date with James (Luke Macfarlane), an awkward romantic triangle ensues.

Chambers and Urie star in the first Netflix holiday rom-com to focus on a romance between men. (Philippe Bosse / Netflix) © Philippe Bosse Chambers and Urie star in the first Netflix holiday rom-com to focus on a romance between men. (Philippe Bosse / Netflix)

It looks like a funny holiday romp all around, but many people online are freaking out about one character in particular in the trailer: Aunt Sandy, played by Jennifer Coolidge.

We can © Philippe Bosse We can't wait! (Philippe Bosse / Netflix)

The “White Lotus” star, known for playing spacey characters who deliver brilliant one-liners, appears to be at her comedic best in this latest role.

Drifting through the trailer in a leopard print coat and enormous, star-shaped earrings, she makes a vague reference to the dating app Grindr, and delivers another quip that hints at Coolidge’s real-life status as a gay icon.

Jennifer Coolidge stars as Aunt Sandy and fans can © Philippe Bosse Jennifer Coolidge stars as Aunt Sandy and fans can't wait. (Philippe Bosse / Netflix)

“The gays just know how to do stuff,” she muses. “For some reason, they’re always obsessed with me.”

People on Twitter can’t wait to see more of Coolidge in the upcoming holiday movie.

“I’ll support anything that lets Jennifer Coolidge be Jennifer Coolidge at Jennifer Coolidge’s best,” one person tweeted.

“a gay romcom christmas movie with marc from ugly betty and jennifer coolidge??? INJECT IT,” one fan wrote.

“The highlight of my day is hearing Jennifer Coolidge say 'Like from Grindr?'” another person tweeted.

Yet another fan declared that Coolidge was “speaking the God's honest truth in Netflix's gay holiday rom-com.”

Mainstream holiday rom-coms featuring gay couples are slowly becoming more common. Last Christmas, the Hallmark Channel released 'The Christmas House,' which follows a gay couple on their journey to adopt a child.

“Bros,” the first romantic comedy by a major studio to feature a romance between two gay men, according to star Billy Eichner, is also slated for next year.


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