PS3 Netflix Update Brings Dolby Digital Plus (version 2.10)

December 19, 2012

The Playstation3 Netflix app has been updated once again. There have been two recent updates, the most recent being version 2.10. Since looking at version 2.08, there have been a number of additions and fixes. Like the Apple TV, you can sign up for Netflix directly from the PS3 app. You can also control the PS3 Netflix app remotely via Netflix on iOS or Android (which just works with no setup).

However, the most significant fix is the proper functioning of Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. Always on the cutting edge, the PS3 was the first Netflix device to support surround sound as well as 1080P video. The initial version had the PS3 outputting regular Dolby Digital 5.1. Subsequent versions had the PS3 decoding Dolby Digital internally and sending out PCM. The most recent update, version 2.10, finally brings true Dolby Digital Plus surround sound to the PS3. DD+ is bitstreamed over HDMI which allows your receiver to decode and apply post-processing.

It’s nice that the PS3′s audio issues are finally straightened out. It’s no surprise that Netflix continues to make updates to the PS3 as it is the most popular Netflix player (measured by hours viewed). What’s next for the PS3 Netflix app? Hopefully, we’ll see video stream at higher bitrates and then balance will be restored to the universe.

Netflix second screen app

Second screen: Selecting a playback destination from the iPhone

Netflix v2.10 on PS3

Tags: Dolby, Netflix, Playstation3, PS3, surround

3 Responses to PS3 Netflix Update Brings Dolby Digital Plus (version 2.10)

  1. DTS question on December 21, 2012 at 7:50 am

    HBO just launched Dolby Digital Plus on XBox. Is DTS dead?

    • Gabe Gagliano on December 21, 2012 at 8:25 am

      DTS is alive and well in the world of Blu-ray. However, Dolby appears to dominate the streaming services.

  2. Mike Scott on December 31, 2012 at 3:07 am

    It should be noted that you still can’t get DD+ out of a PS3 Fat, apparently some limitation of its HDMI interface.

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