Netflix says it’s testing a shuffle feature for when you don’t know what to watch

Netflix is testing a brand-new feature that can aid you commence streaming when you don’t know what to watch. The company confirmed it’s testing a shuffle method of sorts, which will allow you to easily click on a well-kown show to commence playing a random episode. The concept with the feature is to offer an experience that’s more like traditional TV — where you could just turn the set on, and there would be something to watch.

With today’s streaming services, that sort of seamless experience is more strenuous to attain. Instead, viewers now have to first specify a streaming app, then scroll through eternal menus and recommendations before they can settle on their next title.

The brand-new shuffle feature, instead, offers something closer to the experience of turning on cable TV, when there was always some classic beloved show playing in syndication.

The shows being tested with the brand-new feature appear to be those that people specify when they don’t know what else to watch, like “The Office,” “brand-new Girl,” “Our Planet,” “Arrested Development” and others.

“The Office,” in particular, has a reputation for being a go-to pick for when you’re not in the middle of some other binge fest.

The TV shows appear in a brand-new row, titled “Play a random Episode.” To get started, you’d click any TV show’s thumbnail, and a random episode from the successions then starts playing.

The thumbnails themselves are also adorned with a red “shuffle” icon to indicate they’ll play a random episode.

(Above: Seems someone had the right concept)

The brand-new feature was first spotted by the folks at robot policeman, who saw the option appear in the robot model of Netflix’s app.

Netflix confirmed to TechCrunch the shuffle feature is something it’s considering, but hasn’t yet committed to rolling out.

“We are testing the ability for members to play a random episode from dissimilar TV successions on the robot mobile app. These tests typically vary in length of moment and by region, and may not become permanent,” a netflix spokesperson said.

Netflix for some moment has been focused on ways to get users streaming its content faster, after they log in. That’s where its preference to run autoplaying trailers comes in, for instance, or why it now features those Stories-inspired previews, or why it tested promoting its shows right on the login screen.

graphic credit: robot policeman


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