Could Netflix be any better than the fact it already enables you to binge watch your favorite shows? Actually – yes! There are things you can do that will make you want to watch even more or just enhance your current viewing pleasure.
Table of contents:
- 1. Add Ratings
- 2. Unblocker
- 3. Roulette
- 4. Fix Buffering
- 5. Avoid Peak Times
- 6. Shortcuts
- 7. Customize Subtitles
- 8. Netflix Bible
- 9. Rabbit
- 10. Discover Hidden Categories (and Hours of Unwatched TV and Movies)
- 11. Tweak Your Streaming Speed to Avoid Buffering
- 12. Create Different Profiles
- 13. Delete Your Viewing History
- 14. Watch Your Shows in HD
- 15. Rate Everything to Improve Your Recommendations
- 16. Download Your Favorites for the Times You're out of Range
- 17. Don't Bear the Agony of Pixilation
1 Add Ratings
One of the handiest Netflix hacks for a film lover is to add something called the Netflix Enhancement Suite. This incorporates reviews and ratings from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, and Metacritic to help you make the smartest viewing choices. You can also watch a trailer to the movie before you decide to click play.
Be smart and cheat the system by downloading an extension for your browser that changes your ISP to a different country’s and lets you watch content on Netflix that might not be available in the US but is available, for example, in the UK. You’d be surprised just how different the shows and movies are!
If you can’t decide what to watch and just want to have some surprise fun, then Netflix Roulette is the way to go. The website Flix Roulette lets you pick a few keywords to filter the choices, and then with the click of a button you will have a movie chosen for you.
4 Fix Buffering
Buffering is one of the most annoying things that can happen when watching Netflix, but there are a few things you can do to help it. When watching on a computer, hold down Shift+Opt (or Alt for Windows) and then left click to bring up a hidden Stream Manager menu. In there you can fiddle with all sorts of settings to try to reduce your buffering interruptions.
5 Avoid Peak Times
If you want to experience the very best quality during your Netflix sessions, then I recommend that you watch at unconventional times rather than the prime hours of the evening when every single person in the country is going to logged in too. A little later or a little earlier and you will experience fewer streaming issues.
Optimize your experience by having knowledge of all of the keyboard shortcuts. For example: F = full screen, Esc = end full screen, PgDn = pause, PgUp = play, spacebar = pause and play too, Shift=Right = fast forward, Shift+Left = rewind, and M = mute.
7 Customize Subtitles
If watching foreign language movies is one of your favorite things to do on Netflix, then you can go in to the preference settings and make the subtitles look a little more appealing to your eyes with different fonts, sizes and colors.
8 Netflix Bible
Any true hard core of user of Netflix should know the What’s On Netflix website. It’s a glorious online encyclopedia of everything that the service offers and you can find what you want to watch by searching different filters based on your personal likes and dislikes.
If you are apart from your friends but want to have the experience of binge watching something together, then use the Rabbit service that launches convenient windows to enable two or more of you chat and watch at the same time! Much easier than organizing an actual get together!
And now for something exciting! As I was browsing, I came across even more hacks so we decided to share our previous article but update it with these other great hacks (pics and all). Enjoy!
10 Discover Hidden Categories (and Hours of Unwatched TV and Movies)
While this hack isn’t brand new, it is one that even the most devoted binge-watchers may have missed. Netflix organizes their content into genres, making it easy for users to browse through the library from the TV or computer screen. But not all of their categories are listed on the Netflix home screen. Finding these secret Netflix categories is as simple as changing the numbers at the end of a Netflix genre URL that is located on the home screen. So, you have a URL that looks like this: www.netflix.com/browse/genre/6839, and all you need to do is change the last two numbers randomly until you find a category that grabs your interest.
If you aren’t sure you have the time or dedication to discover all of Netflix’s hidden genres yourself, you can take a peek at an official list.
11 Tweak Your Streaming Speed to Avoid Buffering
Is there anything more annoying than having your favorite show interrupted by buffering? Well this hack allows you to tweak your streaming speed to avoid buffering altogether. To access the menu that controls these settings, hit Shift+Alt+Left Click on your PC or Shift+Option+Click on your Mac. Within that menu, select the “stream manager” option and change your playback to match up with your buffering rate. This should keep buffering from interrupting your viewing in the future.
12 Create Different Profiles
Whether you are sharing your Netflix account with a roommate, a spouse or your kids, it can be frustrating sifting through recommendation after recommendation that is based on someone else’s viewing habits. In 2013, Netflix added a feature that allows users to create up to five profiles for each account.
To create a profile, select the "Manage Profiles" option in the top right corner of your screen and create a unique name for your profile. To influence the recommendations that appear within that profile, simply make sure you are using that profile to watch all of your favorite shows and movies.
13 Delete Your Viewing History
We all have our guilty pleasure shows, but we might not all want our viewing choices broadcasted to every other person sharing our account. If you found yourself watching Katy Perry: Part of Me one Friday night, simply follow these tips to erase all proof from your Netflix account.
The easiest way to erase your guilty pleasures from your Netflix account is to delete your profile completely. Once a profile is deleted, the viewing history from that profile will be deleted as well. If you were using your main account at the time, you will have to completely delete your account and re-subscribe. Now, that is a lot of work so you’ll have to decide how important protecting your reputation is to you.
14 Watch Your Shows in HD
Netflix has made it possible for subscribers to watch their favorite TV shows and movies in high definition. To switch to HD, head into your account settings and select the option labeled "Playback Settings." Under the option called "Data Usage," switch your preference to "High." Make sure you hit save before you hurry off to watch with your new, beautifully clear picture.
15 Rate Everything to Improve Your Recommendations
The more you rate, the better idea Netflix has of what you're actually into. If you hated a movie, don't move on without giving it one star. It literally takes five seconds and makes a world of difference when you're ready to start browsing for your next obsession.
16 Download Your Favorites for the Times You're out of Range
Netflix just announced a new feature that allows users to download movies and shows for the times when Wi-Fi isn't a possibility. Commuting just got a whole lot better.
17 Don't Bear the Agony of Pixilation
If your internet is acting up, chances are the video quality of whatever you're watching on Netflix will deteriorate into an unbearable mess of pixels. Luckily, there's a way to fight this. While the show or movie you're playing is open in the browser, hit Control+Shift+Alt+S (or Control+Shift+Option+S if you're on a Mac). Some columns will pop up, so look for the one that says "video bitrate." Highlight the highest number possible and click "override." Highlight more than one number and go with the top five to give Netflix some options when trying to avoid extreme pixilation. But remember: There's a reason why Netflix downgrades on the video quality. If your computer can't handle HD at the moment, expect some buffering.
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