Netflix users can now control the playback speed on its Android app

Netflix gains playback speed settings on Android

The platform will now let users playback their content at speeds of 0.5x or 0.75x in slow and 1.25x or 1.5x in fast mode. If you hop into the Netflix on your Android device and play any piece of content, you will now see a new "Speed" control sitting to the left of the "Screen Lock" option.

Netflix began testing the ability to control playback speed on its platform back in October past year. Netflix's team is introducing a number of features with the rollout to try to work with the creative community to ensure the quality of the content isn't disrupted, including automatically correcting "the pitch in the audio at faster and slower speeds", according to the company.

In response to Netflix's Keela Robison, VP of product innovation, the variable-speed playback was "nicely obtained" by clients and a regularly requested characteristic. Playback speed options are also available on downloaded titles that people have saved for offline viewing.

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Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and The Incredibles director Brad Bird also hit back at Netflix at the time, each in effect saying that offering these kinds of controls would effectively be taking control of someone else's art and destroying it. She added that variable-speed playback capability has been supported by the National Association of the Deaf and the National Federation of the Blind. That way users will never click to their favourite show and accidentally watch a sped-up or slowed-down version.

However, Netflix has said it has been mindful of the concerns of creators, which is why it has limited the range of possible playback speeds. As well as, the characteristic would require that customers choose which velocity they wish to play again video every time they watch one thing new, versus letting them set a default nonstandard playback velocity.

"Most important of all, our tests show that consumers value the flexibility it provides whether it's rewatching their favourite scene or slowing things down because they're watching with subtitles or have hearing difficulties", Robison noted. The web and iOS apps are said to gain this feature in the coming weeks.

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