Netflix Adds Playback Speed Settings, So Now I Can Burn Through My Backlog 1.5 Times Faster

Netflix Adds Playback Speed Settings, So Now I Can Burn Through My Backlog 1.5 Times Faster

I’m about to blow through The Umbrella Academy season 2 in record time, you guys. Netflix is rolling out new options to let users binge content at faster and slower speeds, the streaming giant announced in a blog update on Friday after confirming the news to the Verge. Beginning this weekend, Android mobile users can choose between 0.5x or 0.75x speeds for slowed-down viewing and 1.25x or 1.5x speeds if they want to zip through their to-watch list. Playback speed controls are also available on downloaded titles too, so you can adjust the speed whether you’re online or offline. It’s the kind of thing that’s been available on DVRs and DVD players for years, but it’s only now beginning to creep into the streaming world. Netflix’s VP of product innovation, Keela Robison, said in Friday’s post that the feature “has been frequently requested” and “well received” by Netflix users so far. She added that variable-speed playback capability has been supported by the National Association of the Deaf and the National Federation of the Blind. “People who are deaf and have difficulty reading appreciate the option of slowing down the captioning, and people who are hard of hearing value the ability to listen at slower speeds - while many individuals who are vision impaired are used to listening to digital audio much faster (for example with screen readers),” Robison wrote. Netflix began testing variable-speed playback controls last year, an announcement that sparked a huge outcry from ...
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