I don't have a Nexus Player, neither do I live in a country where Netflix is available, but I would have assumed that a movie and TV streaming app on a set-top box should support surround sound. By default. I mean, that's a given, isn't it? WRONG. So wrong. Couldn't be any more wrong. Netflix' official version for Android TV, 1.0.4 build 136, just plays sound in stereo, no Dolby in sight.

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Screenshots courtesy of our tipster, Garrett

That bummer is now remedied thanks to the extracted Netflix 2.0 APK from Sony's Android TV. Thanks to the same XDA user brar.arsh who extracted the Amazon Instant File, we now have a newer version of Netflix that you can send to your Nexus Player. Those who rushed to try it out instantly noticed a new option under Audio settings: Dolby Digital Plus 5.1. How convenient.

Here's the APK so you can enjoy the same audio goodness, but remember that you'll have to send it to your Nexus Player using something like Air Share.

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The APK is signed by Netflix and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way.

File name: com.netflix.ninja-2.0_build_295-295-minAPI21.apk

Version: 2.0 build 295 (295)

MD5: af6362b91487094c45c4e3748ee5cb8e

  • Thanks:
  • Garrett