The Big Red is having a change of heart as the streaming giant promises to remove one of the most controversial Netflix features. While we all love settling down for a good Netflix binge, there’s nothing worse than nodding off during the premiere and finding that you’ve inadvertently ended up at the season finale.
Yes, it’s true, Netflix is finally removing its maligned autoplay feature. The Netflix gods asked whether subscribers wanted autoplay or no autoplay and the Twitterverse responded with a definitive answer. Now, viewers can skip automatic previews and stop the next episode playing immediately after the credits start to roll.
One of the biggest gripes is hearing shows or movies play their chirpy trailers while we’re looking for something to watch. Nothing dampens your search for The Great British Bake Off quite like hearing Don’t F**k With Cats explain the horrific crimes of Luka Magnotta.
While those who don’t mind autoplay will see the feature remain part of the platform, at least there’s now the option to bask in silence (without having to mute the TV) as you browse. What’s even better, Netflix has made it really easy to turn autoplay off.
Some people find this feature helpful. Others not so much.
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
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 6, 2020
For those who want to know how, simply head to the top right-hand corner and click “Manage Profiles”. Select your profile, scroll down, then find the “Autoplay Controls’ section. Subscribers can choose whether to leave it on for playing previews, automatically playing the next episode, or stopping it altogether.
Speaking of Netflix, the latest news comes after the company vowed to clamp down on those who’ve been sharing their passwords.
According to The Independent, Netflix is showcasing a stern stance on shared passwords. The issue was raised during Netflix’s Q3 2019 earnings interviews and led to a pretty definitive response. Greg Peters, Netflix’s chief product officer said, “We continue to monitor it so we’re looking at the situation. We’ll see those consumer-friendly ways to push on the edges of that.”
Peters added how he wants to address the issue without “alienating a certain portion of [its] user base”. Even though Netflix already allows you to add a certain number of profiles to a single account, sharing passwords takes it up a notch.
The site explains how 35% of millennials share their streaming service passwords, 19% of Generation Xers, and 13% of Baby Boomers. Although Peter said he didn’t have “big plans” to announce immediately, he teased that change is on the horizon. Well, at least autoplay is out the window!