NETFLIX has almost perfected the TV streaming experience, but it doesn’t get everything right.
Fortunately some clever coding boffins have taken matters into their own hands, building an armoury of smart tools to boost your binge watching.
These Netflix add-ons will make binge watching easier[/caption]
Here are five internet add-ons that will help you perfect the Netflix experience.
1) Search hidden genres
Fans regularly complain that Netflix’s bland genre categories make finding films a nightmare.
Labels like ‘Action’ and ‘Romance’ don’t quite cut the mustard when it comes to searching through the platform’s vast library.
But there is one quick solution: Netflix has hundreds of hidden codes that unlock super specific categories.
By making a small tweak to the Netflix URL, you will be able to unlock hyper-specific genres such as religious documentaries or cerebral French-language dramas from the 1960s.
To manually explore categories usually hidden by the streaming service, you will need to enter the following URL: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/INSERTNUMBER
Then, simply replace the “INSERTNUMBER” component of the URL with one of the four digit codes needed to access the alternative genres.
One Netflix fan compiled an extensive list of the hidden codes, which can be found here.
2) Watch together online
Sometimes you want to binge your favourite show but that special someone you watch it with is nowhere to be seen.
If your Netflix buddy is away, a Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party lets you watch it together long distance.
You can even chat to them while you watch the show in sync.
Netflix has hundreds of hidden genre codes[/caption]
3) Add IMDB ratings
IMDB collects hundreds of thousands of viewer ratings on every movie and TV show you can imagine to give you a clear idea of what’s good and what stinks.
The sheer volume of ratings on the site mean it easily trumps Netflix’s own system, which is based on ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ votes given by viewers.
You can add these ratings to Netflix’s website using a Google Chrome extension called IMDb Ratings for Netflix.
Once installed, ratings from 1 to 10 will appear in a pop-up in the right-hand corner of a thumbnail when you hover over a title.
Netflix Roulette acts as a Netflix random button[/caption]
4) Play Netflix roulette if you’re feeling indecisive
If you’re struggling to find something to watch on Netflix, a “random” button may be the answer.
An online tool called Netflix Roulette picks out a show or movie so you don’t have to.
It even lets you filter by genre and IMDB rating to help hone your searches.
You can even add other streaming services like Amazon Prime Video to search through all your viewing options in one place.
You can find the Netflix Roulette wheel here.
5) Remove “are you still watching?” popup
One of Netflix’s most controversial features is its “are you still watching?” popup.
The window appears whenever you’ve watch three episodes or more of the same show without hitting a button.
Netflix Pause Removal allows you to completely stop the pop-up and binge watch to your heart’s desire.
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If you share your Netflix password with your friends then you’d better watch out – a dystopian new AI revealed this week has been designed to crack down on account sharing.
British firm Synamedia uses machine learning to spot shared passwords on streaming services like Netflix and HBO and rat out the offending users.
Each service can choose to deal with rule-breakers as they please, for instance by sending them an email asking them to upgrade to a premium service or even shutting down their account.
If someone has illegally sold their password online to multiple people then they could be turned in to the police.
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