Do you want to watch some series from Netflix a little faster? Do you want to slow down a bit to understand what the characters said? The streaming service is testing speed control in the Android app, with options from 0.5x to 1.5x similar to YouTube.
O Android Police believes that this is a test activated directly on the server, that is, there is no way to force it on the app itself. There are few reports of users with this feature, some their in Brazil.
The operation is simple: after opening a movie or series, a button appears Speed (1x) at the bottom, next to options like Audio and Caption. Touch it, and the available playback speeds appear: 0.5x and 0.75x to slow down the video, 1.25x and 1.5x to speed it up.
This can be useful in series where the characters speak very fast, such as Brooklyn 99 or Gilmore Girls. If you are watching something more still, you may want to speed up playback.
Technology journalist Ehud Kenan shows how this works in the video below:
– Ehud Kenan (@ehudk) October 25, 2019
The Netflix app blocks screen recorders and prints from working when a video is playing. So Kenan turned to another cell phone to demonstrate the new feature. O Android Police, in turn, managed to get a screenshot because used Magisk to circumvent the app lock.
Extension lets you control Netflix speed on the web
If you are watching Netflix via the web browser, you can control the speed using the Video Speed Controller extensionfor Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. It allows for finer adjustments, offering options of 0.8x, 0.9x, 1.1x, 1.2x and so on.
This extension works for any HTML5 video within the browser, including YouTube. The Google site has had speed controls for almost ten years, but offers fewer options (0.25x, 0.5x, 0.75x, 1.25x, 1.5x and 2x).