Netflix launches ‘shuffle’ button that plays a random show for viewers who don’t know what to watch
NETFLIX has surprised some users with a ‘shuffle’ button that chooses something to watch for indecisive viewers.
Testing for this feature actually began last year and now it seems more users have been given a chance to try it.
The Netflix shuffle button is the best and maybe the only good thing that has happened this year
— April – it’s me birfday month (@AprilAzari) July 15, 2020
Netflix told the New York Post that this surprise rollout was just a “second round of testing” for the feature.
Like with all tested features, we don’t yet know if the ‘Random Play’ button will be considered popular and successful enough to be rolled out to all forms of Netflix.
Reports suggest the shuffle button is now showing up for both TV shows and films.
Previously, it was only said to be appearing as a ‘Random Episode’ button when users were already watching a TV series.
This new shuffle feature on Netflix is crazy hahaha genius
— Shelbie (@Shelbie_THFC) July 11, 2020
so are we just not going to acknowledge the fact that netflix has added a shuffle feature
— jess #BLM (@bigmanjesss) July 12, 2020
This feature would be very useful for fans of any TV series they’ve watched multiple times and want to watch again.
Or it could be used if you just want Netflix on in the background whilst you’re doing other things.
It may even stop arguments about what film you should watch.
At the moment, the button is appearing for some Netflix users on Samsung and Fire TVs.
However, it’s not said to be featured on Apple TV or via Amazon Firestick.
Netflix fans have taken to Twitter to applaud the feature and a lot of people who don’t have it seem to wish they did.
Netflix should make a “shuffle” button so I don’t have to choose which episode of The Office I’m gonna watch for the 58th time
— Geo (@geor1161) July 16, 2020
Use Netflix on a computer or laptop? Try these useful shortcuts
Here are some handy keyboard shortcuts…
- Spacebar – toggle play / pause
- Enter – toggle play / pause
- F – full screen
- Esc – exit full screen
- Left Arrow – rewind 10 seconds
- Right Arrow – fast-forward 10 seconds
- Up arrow – volume up
- Down arrow – volume down
- M – mute toggle
- Shift-Alt-Left Click – adjust the streaming bitrate (to improve or reduce the quality of the video)
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