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This New Netflix Feature Lets You Binge-Watch Your Fave TV Shows Faster

This New Netflix Feature Lets You Binge-Watch Your Fave TV Shows Faster

If you're the reigning king or queen of the Netflix binge, it may interest you to know that a new feature lets you binge-watch shows faster by speeding up the video.

Yep, the streaming giant has added a nifty new control which allows viewers speed up or slow down must-watch shows.

If you want to ramp up the speed of your binge, you can accelerate by 1.25x or 1.5x speed.

Similarly, if you want to slow it down, you have the option to decrease by 0.75x or 0.5x.

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You can now increase or decrease the speed of your viewing if using Android (Credit: Netflix)
You can now increase or decrease the speed of your viewing if using Android (Credit: Netflix)

The feature is currently being trialled on Android phones, but Netflix plans to roll out the controls across "iOS and the Web" in future.

For all you square eyed content consumers out there, this feature sounds like a game-changer.

The decreased speeds are also handy for those with impaired hearing or vision, allowing more time for listening to the audio and reading subtitles.

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What's more, the feature should prove useful to those watching films in a different language.

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The decreased speeds are also handy for those with impaired hearing or vision (Credit: Netflix)
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As it stands, viewers need to manually adjust the speed options every time they watch a new show.

Talking about the feature, Netflix said: "We have capped the range of playback speeds and require members to vary the speed each time they watch something new - versus fixing their settings based on the last speed they used.

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"It's also worth noting that extensive surveys of members across several countries who watched the same titles with or without the feature showed it didn't impact their perceptions of the content's quality."

On the subject of the feature's suitability for subtitled content, Netflix commented: "More than 80 per cent of members use subtitles or closed captions at least once a month, with many of them reporting that they use dubs and subtitles to learn new languages.

It's not yet clear when the feature will be rolled out across iOS and Web (Credit: Unsplash)
It's not yet clear when the feature will be rolled out across iOS and Web (Credit: Unsplash)

"In the last two years, US viewing of non-English titles has increased by 33 per cent."

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We don't yet have a date for when the feature will be extended to iOS and web - but we'll update you as soon as we know more.

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Topics: TV and Film, TV News, TV Entertainment, tech, Netflix

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