People are just realising three Netflix hacks that change how you watch TV
NETFLIX is packed with clever hacks that you’ve probably missed.
We’ve picked three of the very best to instantly upgrade your TV game.
Watching telly on a laptop or computer can sometimes be annoying.
That’s especially true if you’re having to faff around with a mouse or trackpad.
Thankfully Netflix has created several keyboard shortcuts that can help you navigate the app much more quickly.
There are loads to try out, and you’ve almost certainly missed some of them.
Here are the most useful:
- 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)
There are also some clever hacks that you should know about on mobile.
For instance, normally if you want to fast-forward through a TV show or movie, you have to tap the screen and then drag the time-bar up hit the skip icons.
But there’s a faster way to skip.
All you need to do is double-tap on the screen – on the left for a 10-second rewind or on the right for a 10-second fast-forward.
This makes it quicker and easier to skip (or backtrack) through something you’re watching.
And you can also make the video full screen by doing a pinching-out motion.
If you’re a big fan of a certain TV series or a film but Netflix doesn’t have it then you don’t have to suffer in silence.
You can send a request directly to Netflix asking them to consider getting your favourite content.
Simply go to the “Request TV shows or movies” of the Netflix help website, where you can make up to three content suggestions at a time.
You can ask for content that was once on Netflix but vanished – or something that’s never been on the platform before.
If you’re really desperate to see your favourite film on the TV app then you can even start a live chat with Netflix or call them directly.
Sadly there’s no guarantee that you will actually have any success.
Netflix might simply decide it doesn’t want to spend money on acquiring the licences for the content.
And enough users might not have requested the same content – so there’s little incentive to follow through.
Netflix has a secret menu tucked away that most people are unaware of.
It’s mainly meant for techy people but you can tweak buffering settings.
You can unlock it from a smart TV or console by firstly resetting your Netflix app.
Then, simply relaunch the app and using your controller or remote key in the following:
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up.
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