Netflix wants to give you the option to watch films 50% faster

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Netflix is apparently testing variable playback speeds for its service.

If you’re someone who gets frustrated that, er, a minute of a film takes a minute to watch, then a reported development by Netflix might be just the news you’re looking for.

According to Android Police, Netflix has been trialling a system of variable playback speeds for its films and TV shows. This would allow users to change the speed that material runs at, from 50% up to 150%.

It’s a feature that, as Android Police (that broke the story) notes, is pretty common in podcast playback players, and YouTube supports it too. But it’s discovered that Netflix has been testing such an option too, with variable sfor 0.5x, 0.75x, 1.25x or 1.5x speed playback.

Thus far, it’s only aware that Netflix is testing the idea on Android platforms. Likewise, just because it’s testing it doesn’t necessarily mean that the idea will officially be rolled out. Yet the counterpoint of that is that it’s not doing all this work for nothing.

By the calculations of our cheap calculator that we got from the petrol station, this means that you could polish off Martin Scorsese’s upcoming The Irishman is just over two hours, in a way that absolutely the director didn’t intend.

More as we hear it.

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