Surround sound on Netflix is looking very promising.
The folks over at Netflix promised us 5.1 channel surround sound this fall, and it's looking like they're going to be right on target thanks to a joint effort by SRS Labs and Microsoft.
"We’re thrilled to expand this collaboration with Microsoft to now bring surround sound capability to Silverlight and its millions of users," says Allen Gharapetian of SRS Labs. "With the availability of SRS 5.1 surround for Silverlight, the collective online multimedia experience will become more vivid and immersive."
Streaming surround sound doesn't take up too much in the way of bandwidth either. Companies can push our multichannel surround sound over bit rates as low as 96kbps. You shouldn't have much trouble with getting surround sound on top of your current HD picture.
There's no word on when surround sound will be added to Netflix, but there are plenty of other applications for Silverlight that should be adding it soon. You can even check out a demo from SRS Labs on their official site.
Source: SRS Labs