Netflix might be the best thing that happened to humankind. But even the best can be better. If you have spent hours pondering on what to watch or wished that a particular feature can be changed, then read on because binge-watching your favourite shows is about to get easier with these 10 hacks!
Tweak Your Browsing History
If you do not want one late-night binge to determine how Netflix suggests titles and series, then you might want to delete your history.
Head over to the “Viewing Activity” on your profile section. A list of all your viewing activity should show in chronological order. Go ahead and remove items you do not want!
Have you found yourself scrolling through thousands of titles and just could not find one to watch?
Try the Flix Roulette, which can help to hone your searches to randomly recommend a movie or drama you might want to watch. You can even filter by director, actor or keywords.
If you need more specific categories to make your search easier, then the Netflix ID Bible is the place to go!
With every category and sub-category listed and assigned numbers, key in the code at the end of the url provided to go straight to the sub-category.
Binge During Off-Peak Periods
Have a quick Netflix binge-session early in the morning or very late at night for improved video quality and speed. Trends have shown that there are fewer users during these periods of time.
Binge-watch Without Judgment
If you have been guilt-tripped by Netflix’s “Are you still watching” message into stopping your binge-watching session, then this hack is for you! Install the Chrome extension Flix Assist and do away with the pop-up message and also free yourself from the pesky countdown to the next episode.
Customise Your Subtitles
If you love to watch foreign films, but always have trouble finding subtitles, you’re in for a treat.
You can change the appearance of your subtitles, including size, font and colour to suit your preferences.
Binge With Friends
If you want to binge-watch a series with your friend from the other side of the world, but want to curl up in bed at the same time, the video-chat service Rabbit is a must-have. This application allows you to launch a video that can be shared with the other parties in the chat. And you can even stream Netflix in that window while, video-chatting and messaging in real time!
Know Your Shortcuts
Know these five keyboard shortcuts and breeze through your next Netflix session!
- F for full screen, and Esc to exit full screen
- Spacebar to pause and play
- PgDn pauses the video and PgUp will resume
- Shift+Right Arrow to fast-forward and Shift+Left Arrow to rewind
- M should toggle your mute button, depending on your computer
Make The Most of Your HD
Did you know that your standard and premium Netflix plans offer HD streaming? If you have not been making full use of this feature, make sure you’re always set up for HD viewings by selecting “High”. Be warned if you are watching Netflix using your data as it will go through the roof.
Rate Your Viewings
Netflix has introduced a new rating method using thumbs up and thumbs down.
This is to make the rating easier for you so that you will rate more frequently. Rating your favourite shows will lead to a better set of recommendations from Netflix and will also remove shows from your recommended list that appear too frequently. Also, the percent match will let you know how much Netflix thinks you might like a show or a movie.