We’ve all been there – you spend 10 minutes scrolling through Netflix titles and are no closer to choosing what to watch than when you first logged on. Fortunately, there’s a solution for that indecisiveness – roulette. With Netflix.
Flix Roulette lets you filter choices by director, actor and keywords. Then you hit "Spin" and let the universe decide what you should watch.
As much as we love Netflix, we can all agree that it doesn’t have the most comprehensive, user-friendly browsing tools. Fortunately, What’s on Netflix has an extensive encyclopedia of over 20,000 sub-genres. Once you choose which subgenre you’d like to watch (like “Social and Cultural Documentaries”, for instance), just add the provided ID code to the end of the Netflix URL and boom – you’ll be able to find very specific types of movies and shows.
Say goodbye to reaching your data limit right in the middle of the House of Cards finale. You can now download movies and TV shows on the Netflix mobile app so that you can stay entertained literally anywhere, anytime. On a plane, on a bus, in class, on a camping trip when you should be enjoying nature but would rather finish The OA...
Here’s another solution to lagging playback – don’t watch during the most popular hours (aka primetime). Instead, watch early in the AM or late at night, when fewer users are watching Netflix. This can significantly improve video quality and speed. So at least there's a silver lining for the insomniacs out there.
Is your ex-boyfriend still using your Netflix login? How about your freshman year college roommate?
We get it – we all have moochers and we’ve all been moochers at some point, but your moochers can affect your Netflix game. Not only can it slow down your streaming speed if they’re watching a show at the same time as you, but it can also screw up your personal algorithm. So be a little selfish and change your Netflix login info. It’s 2017 – time to focus on you.
You deserve the best, especially if you’re paying for the best. Many Netflix users are paying for HD and Ultra HD streaming, but they aren’t actually using it. That’s like paying for a deluxe buffet and filling up on the bread. So make sure you are watching in HD by selecting “High” on your streaming settings. (Just don’t leave it on “High” if you’re streaming on a limited data plan!)
Netflix has tons of foreign language films, which we love, but most of us aren’t fluent in a dozen languages. Chances are, you’ll need to rely on subtitles every once in a while. The cool thing about Netflix’s subtitles is that they’re not one size fits all.
If you go to Account > Your Profile > Subtitle Appearance, you can change the color, size, font and more of your subtitles.
Whether you’re a college student and don’t have a TV or you have roommates with horrible tastes in TV shows, you probably do a lot of Netflixing on your computer. Thus, you should know about the keyboard shortcuts that can make your Netflix experience that much breezier:
F for full screen; Esc to get out of it
PgDn pauses; PgUp plays
Spacebar to pause/play
Shift + Right Arrow will fast forward; Shift + Left Arrow will rewind
There’s nothing more devastating than discovering your significant other cheated on you…with the show you were supposed to be watching together. Sometimes, though, watching a show in the same room isn’t an option, like when you’re dating long distance. That’s when the video-chat service Rabbit can be handy – it allows you to stream your favorite shows and movies and video chat at the same time with your significant other/long-distance BFF/sibling.
Let’s go back to the moochers, real quick. What other people watch on your account can screw up your own personalized suggestions and viewing history. If you can’t actually kick your friends or your family members off your account, set up a different user profile for them to use so that they won’t interfere with your Netflix preferences. And you can always remove something from your browsing history (like that super dark, gory horror movie your boyfriend forced you to watch) if you don’t want it to influence your Netflix suggestions.
You can never trust the starred reviews on Netflix titles. Sorry, but it’s true – some Netflixers have really bad taste in shows and movies. If you want to merge your trusted movie review sites, such as IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes, with Netflix, you can download NEnhancer (a Chrome Extension), which will show you official trailers and Rotten Tomatoes scores when you hover over a title.