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Technology Netflix might finally add a feature that lets you hide your guilty pleasures

19:45  02 december  2019
19:45  02 december  2019 Source:   bgr.com

Netflix is testing a feature you’ve always wanted, but only on Android

  Netflix is testing a feature you’ve always wanted, but only on Android Netflix might soon roll out a brand new feature that should improve your streaming experience on mobile devices, assuming testing goes well. Some Android users have noticed that the Netflix app now packs a functionality that many people enjoy on other streaming products, especially when it comes to consuming content on the go. That’s variable playback speed, which allows you to slow down or increase the speed of videos on mobile devices, or a feature that’s not even available on the web Netflix app.

When Disney+ launched a few weeks ago, it came without a feature that every streaming video app should have. That’s the Continue Watching feature that lets you pick up your shows and movies from where you left off, and it’s something that you’re probably more than familiar with from Netflix and other services. Disney was quick to fix the issue, and it turned out it was missing because it caused some problems ahead of launch. But that doesn’t mean “continue watching” is perfect on Netflix, and now the company is testing a fix for the one thing about it that you hate most.

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As it is right now, you can’t remove anything from your Continue Watching list quickly and easily on Netflix. You have to go to the Viewing Activity menu of your account to do it, and you can only do that from the web version of Netflix, not even the mobile app. But a future version of Netflix’s mobile and TV apps might let you remove items from the Continue Watching menu on the spot if testing goes well. The feature was spotting on the Android version of the app, as Android Police reports. Just tap the three-button menu that appears in the Continue Watching carousel and you’ll get several options, as seen in the screenshots that follow.

WhatsApp lets users watch Netflix trailers directly in the app

  WhatsApp lets users watch Netflix trailers directly in the app If you've ever been chatting on WhatsApp about a Netflix trailer and had to leave the app in order to watch it, WhatsApp has a new feature you'll appreciate. You can now watch Netflix trailers directly in WhatsApp. It's a simple change, but it could be useful for people who watch a lot of Netflix and plan watches with their friends and family. For now the Netflix feature is only available on the latest iOS version of the app. WhatsApp has not officially announced the new feature -- it was spotted by a WABetaInfo follower -- and we don't know when it might arrive on Android. This only pertains to trailers.

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The menu item that interests us is called Remove From Row, which is self-explanatory. Tap it and the TV series or movie in question will be removed from the Continue Watching section after reconfirming the selection.

As always with new features that only some Netflix users have access to, this is just a test and there’s no telling whether it’ll ever move past testing. If it does, however, we’ll hopefully see it in the mobile apps (Android and iPhone), TV apps, and on the web. All of us have shows and movies we started but have no intention of finishing anytime soon, and we should have a simple way to clean up Continue Watching. Plus, it would be nice to be able to easily hide those guilty pleasure shows we all watch and would rather no one else find out about.

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Netflix is testing a new ‘Watch Now’ feature that makes it more like regular TV .
Netflix has such a massive base of viewers at this point, spread across so many corners of the globe, that any improvement in the company's streaming service -- no matter how small -- can end up having an outsized effect. Say, for example, you give people a way to cut down by even just a few seconds the amount of time they spend browsing content within Netflix's app. You just let those users dive into something to watch straight away, no time spent mindlessly scrolling. In theory, across a big enough chunk of subscribers, that would juice a big boost in engagement and represent a spike in usage in the aggregate.

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