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Netflix will release feature to adjust playback speed

by Ace Damon

Netflix will start releasing a tool that allows you to watch the platform’s movies, series and documentaries at different speeds. The feature is basically the same that is already widely used in podcasts, in addition to working more or less in the same way as YouTube does.

If you don’t have time to watch all three hours and twenty-nine minutes of The Irishman, know that the streaming platform will allow users to increase or decrease the movie’s playback speed. The content can be consumed at speeds 50% or 25% less than the correct time, or 25% and 50% faster than normal.

This feature has been in testing since October last year, but only for a small group of users who access Netflix from an Android device. Now, in the version that is released for everyone, the playback speed will always start at the movie standard and can be changed at any time. If the user leaves and returns to the same content, the speed is restored and needs to be adjusted again.

This change in the way of watching the film, series or documentary generates controversy with some actors like Aaron Paul and directors like Judd Apatow, Brad Bird and Peyton Reed, who prefer to reproduce at the correct speed that was thought during the production. Christopher Nolan is also on the team that does not want this control, to the point that he prefers releases of his films only in cinemas, since there the viewer has no control such as light, sound volume and cannot even pause the film.

Running something faster is common in podcasts, as much as I remain on the side of the Force that listens to all programs at the same speed. On YouTube, the control is even broader than on Netflix, allowing the user to watch accelerated videos up to two times – just imagine the three hours and 29 minutes of The Irishman passing in an hour and 44 minutes, which is crazy.

The novelty on Netflix will be released from this Saturday (1), will only be on Android and will take a few weeks to reach all subscribers.

With information: The Verge.

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