Showing posts with label Web. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Web. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New “Post-play” Experience Makes It Easy To Continue Watching

At Netflix we’re very focused on making it easier to enjoy more TV shows and movies streaming over the Internet to whatever device you use. A lot of the work we do is under the hood, but we recently added a very visible feature we call “post-play” to the Netflix experience.

What does post-play do? Let us illustrate: You’re finishing an episode of Breaking Bad, Prison Break, Lost, or any of the other compelling serialized dramas on Netflix. When the episode ends, you probably can’t wait to find out what happens next. That’s where post-play comes in.

Many Netflix members love watching multiple episodes of TV shows in a row. It is almost a phenomenon; John Jurgensen of The Wall Street Journal recently even wrote a lengthy article on indulging in TV show marathons.

The new Netflix post play experience makes sitting down for multiple episodes easier. It also works for movies, if you’re watching a feature; we will make suggestions for other things to watch as soon as it ends.

Here’s how post-play works:

When you finish watching an episode of a TV show, we’ll minimize the credits and tee-up the next episode. If you do nothing, the next episode will start to play in 15 seconds. You can also stop it to get more information or select another episode.

When you finish watching a movie, we’ll minimize the credits and offer you three recommendations to try next. If those don’t suit you, you can always go directly to search from post-play or go back to browsing to find something else.

Netflix "post-play" on PS3
Netflix "post-play" on the Web

The post-play experience is now available on the PS3 and our Web site. It will be coming to other devices soon.


Chris Jaffe & Michael Spiegelman

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Updated Web Video Player

If you watch movies and TV shows streaming from Netflix on your PC or Mac you may have noticed that we have updated our Web video player. We’ve refreshed the look of the existing features and added some new functionality.

Some of the new features include:

·      The size of the controls now scales, making it easier to use the player on large screens, for example if you connect your computer to your TV
·      Similarly, the player will scale down to smaller windows, which is useful if you want to watch something while working in another window.  Also, the video now stretches to the full window in the browser
·      Full screen mode now has all the features of browser mode so you can view season/episode information and change to the next episode when watching a TV show
·      Pausing the video now shows more information about the title

In our new player, we’ve consolidated controls into one line.  We’re also using icons instead of words. This might take a little time to get used to, but we think it will be intuitive once you start using the controls. Here’s a quick look at the key differences:



Perhaps the biggest change is to the ‘Back to Browse’ option, which used to sit at the bottom right of the old control bar.  We’ve moved this up to the top of the screen and to the left.  It’s now an arrow icon and text will explain its functionality when you hover over the arrow with your mouse.

We hope you enjoy the new video player experience.


Michael Spiegelman and the Netflix Video Player team

Michael Spiegelman is director of product innovation for the Website and Tablet at Netflix