Netflix app receives PiP mode on Windows 10

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read
netflix picture in picture windows 10

Many users waited patiently for PiP mode to reach the Netflix app. We’ve got some good news for you: Netflix for Windows 10 app finally received Picture in Picture mode. The Netflix app is also 4K compatible, and it has the highest bitrate in both audio and video. The announcement was made on Reddit by an enthusiast Netflix user and brought a lot of hype and excitement among the Reddit audience.

Netflix audio issues

There are some issues that have been discussed in the thread such as the app’s support for surround audio, for instance. One user asked the following question: “Wouldn’t audio bitrate being higher simply be a factor of the Netflix app supporting surround audio instead of just stereo? Or is it higher even with stereo content”. The answer that this question got was that 96 kbps are pretty good since the codec is able to reduce bitrate in quiet areas and bumps the parts that require it. On the other hand, it seems that CBR encoding such as most MP3s will not perform that great in this situation.

Improve Netflix PiP resolution in Chrome

It seems that the resolution and also the bitrate can be enhanced in Chrome 720p to 1080p with an extension. “I should note that the extension seems to work for most Netflix originals but not for some movies. Use Ctrl+Shift+Alt+D to see the current resolution in Netflix,” according to the user who found this extension.

Other users have tried it and found out that this works depending on the material. Someone said that the test-samples on Chrome gave the same bitrate as the Netflix app with the plugin, but, on the other hand, the two movies that were tested did nothing. It’s also important to note that for the moment, for videos, Microsoft Edge and Netflix app are now tied, and the app has higher audio bitrate.

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