Dolby surround sound coming to Netflix streaming

Netflix's streaming service will soon boast Dolby Digital Plus 5.1-channel surround sound. The PlayStation 3 gets the feature first.

Those who are disappointed by the sound quality of Netflix's streaming service will finally get their wish for better audio.

Netflix has tapped Dolby Digital Plus to feature 5.1-channel surround sound in its streaming service, the companies announced today.

The new 5.1-channel surround sound feature will be made available on the PlayStation 3 first, the companies said. It will be offered in tandem with the native Netflix app launch on Monday. According to Netflix, it plans to offer 5.1-channel surround sound to other devices "over time," but it wouldn't say when it would roll out the feature or to which devices.

In an e-mailed statement, a Netflix representative reiterated the announcement in the press release, declining to identify the "other devices" or provide a timeline.

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