Netflix has started introducing playback controls for Android users. The streaming platform started testing this feature last year. It will also start testing playback controls for its iOS and web app soon.
With this, Netflix users on Android can now stream movies and TV shows at as many as four different speeds for slowed-down and faster watching. However, this feature is not yet available in India yet, but Netflix has confirmed that it will reach all users globally in the coming weeks. As per a report in The Verge reported, with this new playback speeds, Netflix users can stream at 0.5x or 0.75x slower speeds, and 1.25x or 1.5x faster speeds.
However, this feature will be optional for Netflix users. Playback controls need to be activated manually for every title users watch on Netflix. Even when they enable it for one title, they will have to do the same for the next one all over again.
Netflix told The Verge that it has corrected “the pitch in the audio at faster and slower speeds”. The company also informed that they have kept in mind the creators while introducing the playback speed controls and hence, have made it optional for each title. Last year when Netflix started testing playback controls actors spoke up against it and said that the service providers should not interfere with how the users should see the content and how it is being presented to them.
As has been the norm, its regularly tests new features among select users before it is rolled out to all the users. With playback controls too the company tested it out for a couple of months and then rolled it out once they collated the user feedback and demand.