Netflix customers have long complained about the fact that they can’t browse for shows without a trailer popping up. Well, the company has taken heed to subscribers’ concerns and now allows users to turn autoplay off.
Some people find this feature helpful. Others not so much.— Netflix US (@netflix) February 6, 2020
We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear — members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews on Netflix. Here’s how: https://t.co/6V2TjEW6HD https://t.co/zbz4E8fVab
In order to turn autoplay off, users can simply go to the Netflix site, click the “Manage Profiles” button, choose the profile they’d like to update and then uncheck the option that says, “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices.”
Earlier this week, a report pointed out that Netflix’s new original show, “Next in Fashion,” is taking on a stance similar to YouTube creators in order to make sure viewers remained locked into a show. As The Verge first reported the hosts of the streamer’s fashion series are appearing at the end of episodes, urging viewers to press on the “next episode” button to continue watching the show.
In December, Variety reported that the streaming giant was testing “Watch Now” and “Play Something Else” features. With “Watch Now,” users can forgo browsing new titles and start streaming right away. When viewers select the “Watch Now” button, Netflix starts streaming either the next episode of a show they’ve already been watching, something from their list or a title that has been selected by the platform’s algorithms. The feature also explains why a certain title was chosen.
In October, Netflix got major blowback from creators when it decided to start experimenting with variable playback speeds in its Android app. The feature would allow users watch their show at the speed of their liking. Netflix had been testing speeds ranging from 0.5x — if you want to watch a scene in slow motion — all the way to 1.5x, which can come in handy if a documentary or stand-up special is moving a bit too slow.