Ever since digital streaming service Netflix popularized the concept of “binge-watching” multi-part media (movies with sequels or series with many episodes), it has been developing and introducing several features that it feels will optimize the viewing experience for people ready to watch for hours on end. One of these ease-of-access features however has become increasingly annoying for Netflix subscribers, and that is auto-play. The preview browsing auto-play tended to take up space one needed to surf for media to watch, while the series next-episode auto-play skipped the credits of a completed episode as well as the opening sequence of the following one. Viewers have been unimpressed with auto-play for years.
Which is why, according to The Verge, Netflix has bowed to popular pressure and is offering the best reprieve binge-watchers have against the bane of auto-play. In a new update to their health center, the global digital streaming platform finally made official in Help Center text the simple fix found by inquisitive subscribers not so long ago. It will offer auto-play-free viewing of streaming content across all devices with Netflix that a subscriber uses. All one needs to do is visit Netflix’s website on a web browser to change settings.
To wit, a subscriber needs only to log on to their Netflix account on a browser, go to the Manage Profiles menu, and select which of their viewing profiles they want to turn auto-play off for. As earlier stated, there are two auto-play modes that one can alter settings for. They are the next-episode auto-play (which cuts the end credits of finished media content as well as the opening credits of its next installment), and the browsing preview auto-play. Both are affected by check-box menus to enable or disable, and these carry over to all devices using the altered profile.
Netflix had dubbed streaming auto-play an intended feature for the benefit of its subscribers, especially the binge-watchers. But while there are indeed viewers who appreciate the quickness of content to start, those who are opposed have become increasingly vocal. They include the likes of filmmaker Rian Johnson (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Knives Out”). When a Twitter user creates a new account dedicated solely to complaining at Netflix for auto-play, it is clear that the intended feature has worn out its welcome for many.
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