Netflix Is Now Allowing Android Users to Control Playback Speeds

Yolanda Curtis
August 4, 2020

Netflix will now let all customers of its Android app play again video at completely different charges - starting from half-speed to 1.5 occasions sooner - a characteristic that elicited a strongly unfavourable response from some Hollywood creators when the streamer started testing it out final fall.

Netflix will allow Droid users to slow videos by 0.5x or 0.75x, and also give them the capability to speed up videos by 1.25x or 1.5x.

Netflix will add playback speed controls to its Android app tomorrow. Now, the interested Netflix users on Android may have to wait for a couple of days or so to receive the latest update that includes the said feature. Notably, users can watch the controls at slower speeds of 0.5x or 0.75x and faster speeds of 1.25x or 1.5x.

The company is not offering more speed controls (like 0.25x and 2x) because it doesn't want to totally disrupt the viewing experience. "The National Association of the Deaf and the National Federation of the Blind have both welcomed this feature", Netflix reported. And if it's played at a slow rate, it would be easy for them to catch with the motion of the content. Director Brad Bird and actor Aaron Paul voiced out against the service's decision to offer playback controls. You will also need to adjust the speed for each TV show or movie individually.

This is also a point that Netflix makes when it chats about the feature, with Keela Robison, Netflix's vice president of product innovation saying: "The feature has been much requested by members for years". The streaming platform, however, is pressing ahead "for several reasons": "Most important of all, our tests show that consumers value the flexibility it provides".

With the captions slowed down to correspond with the scenes, it would help deaf or hearing-impaired persons to be able to read the subtitles at a more comfortable speed.

As stated, the functionality is in the process of being released exclusively for Android, but it is expected that the iOS application and browser player will receive the new feature in the coming months. In a now deleted Tweet (all of his Tweets are deleted as he is taking a Twitter break) he reckoned there was no way Netflix would actually implement the feature, despite a trial.

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