Netflix adds “post-play”

When you finish watching an episode of a TV show, we’ll minimize the credits and tee-up the next episode. If you do nothing, the next episode will start to play in 15 seconds. You can also stop it to get more information or select another episode.

This is awesome.

  • Matthew Cooksey

    This is something we got on the UK Netflix at launch a good 6 months ago. Strange!

  • faddah

    this is news… why? my netflix in the mac os x safari browser has done this described behavior for at least a year, maybe more.

  • I first noticed this on my PS3 about 3-4 months back and thought it was one of the coolest things ever, especially since I watch a lot of TV shows. It finally arrived in the browser version maybe a week or two ago for me. Unfortunately, the Apple TV version still lacks it, which is a shame, since that’s my preferred way to watch when I’m on a lunch break.

    The other nice aspect of this that they don’t mention in the article is that if you advance to the next episode, it’ll skip any title sequences or recaps of previous weeks, allowing you to get right back into the meat without having to fast forward past the cruft. Of course, if the show starts with a cold open prior to the title sequence, you’ll still get the title sequence after that.

  • They don’t do this with Xbox yet, apparently.

  • The Roku player is so far behind the others it’s pathetic. Navigation is terrible and definitely is behind the others. One can’t even get subtitles, which was a real problem when I wanted to watch a Chinese language film recently. It’s also a problem for English movies when I want to keep the volume very low to not disturb people. My guess is Roku’s platform just can’t support the kind of playback options in the other systems — but that is just a guess.

    One other thing I’m wondering about: the computer web browser player uses Silverlight. Hasn’t Microsoft ended work on Silverlight? I know they still don’t have a 64 bit version for Windows, and they don’t seem to be in a hurry to make one. So, if Silverlight is gone, or will be,shouldn’t Netflix be focusing on developing without Silverlight?

  • joe

    Ironically enough, Hulu has had this for a while BUT USERS HAD THE OPTION TO DISABLE IT and recently they tried to remove the account preference to disable it. The uproar from users was deafening (I contributed my own yelp of dismay) and they quickly (and quietly) reinstated the disabling preference… Now I have to go through this all over again on Netflix! What nimrods are simultaneously advising these two companies, I wonder?