Think you’ve perfected art of watching Netflix? Not so fast…
Sure, you may have found the coziest blanket to cuddle with on the couch and finally added everything you aspire to watch to your queue, but if you’re not using these handy Google Chrome extensions, you have yet to master the high-tech art of streaming.
While Netflix has made some much-needed improvements since streaming was introduced in 2007 — such as limited offline viewing and video previews — there are a lot of things the platform still can’t do … without the help of Chrome, that is.
The Chrome extensions might be unofficial, but they get the job done, and that’s what counts. With just a few quick hacks, indecisive Netflix users can receive recommendations on what to watch. Long-distance viewing buddies will be able to salvage their rocky relationships by syncing screens. And couch potatoes will finally be able to rotate their shows when they decide to lie on their sides.
Prepare yourself for a full-on Netflix revolution.
Lifehacker’s Chrome extension Flix Plus was designed to fill the instant streaming void in your life.
Lifehacker’s Chrome extension Flix Plus was designed to fill the instantstreaming void in your life.ng into a new binge. And with just a few settings adjustments, you can filter recommendations, remove spoilers, add notes and custom keyboard controls to your Netflix account, and so much more.
Image: screengrab/flix plusThere’s even a “Random Episode” button for when you just can’t decide what you’re in the mood for. This is the stuff streaming dreams are made of.
A quick fix to a feature that Netflix is sorely lacking — the ability to easily and efficiently host long-distance chill sessions — is Netflix Party, a Chrome extension that allows shared viewing among multiple people.
After everyone installs the extension, you choose the desired program, pause it, and click the red “NP” button located at the top right of the browser. This will provide a link to the shared session, with which you can invite others to your Netflix Party.
Image: screengrab/netflixWith the extension, anyone in a session can pause, play, or scroll through the timeline, affecting everyone’s stream simultaneously. Co-workers seated at two separate ends of the office, friends who live across town, and long-distance couples have the ability to watch movies and television shows simultaneously from separate locations. Not to mention you can finally take a bathroom break without initiating drastic countdown measures to coordinate pausing and re-playing.
Ain’t no party like a Netflix party, cause a Netflix party don’t stop (until you run out of episodes).Image: screengrab/netflixEveryone in the viewing session gets a cute little avatar symbol and can take part in a live-chat alongside the screen. The only drawback? Once you finish an episode or movie, you’ll be kicked out of the session and have to re-create a new one in order to continue watching together.
It’s a pretty fun experience, or as my pal Brian —who clearly likes to watch The Office alone — so enthusiastically put it, “it’s fine.” 🙄
By now you’ve probably heard of the hundreds of secret categories available on Netflix, but unfortunately, much like Starbucks and its secret drinks menu, you’ve got to do a bit of research and work to access them.
But, just downloading the Chrome extension Super Browse puts more than 200 secret categories — from Anime Fantasy to Werewolf Horror Movies — right at your fingertips. (Mashable has all the categories listed here, for future reference.)
Image: screengrab/super browseThe Super Browse search list appears in a button at the top of the Netflix page, right beside the logo, and it lets you use the drop-down menu to search for categories, specific actors and directors, and movies.
Image: screengrab/super browseThe extension costs $2.99 a year, but if you’re not sure whether you’re ready to commit, you can try it free for two weeks.
This Chrome extension is destined to be a Netflix geek’s best friend.
It allows users to upload custom subtitles in any language, adjust brightness, saturation, and contrast levels, and even binge-watch without spoilers by blurring images and episode descriptions. What more could we ask for?
Flix Assist is here to bypass two of Netflix’s most irritating features — the freakishly judgmental “Continue Watching” button, and that stressful 30-second countdown timer in between episodes.
The web extension allows you to watch 20-plus episodes of Gilmore Girls unimpeded, just as the binge-watching gods intended.
Get OUT of here … YES, we’re still watching.Image: FLICKR, CHRISSY MARIENetflix Originals are good, but sometimes people just want the luxury of browsing the streaming site without the platform’s exclusive content being shoved in their faces.
The Chrome extension No Netflix Originals makes searching the platform’s vast library easier by hiding the extraordinarily large pane of original content from the site’s homepage.
Here’s Netflix before the extension:
Netflix Originals all up in yo face.Image: screengrab/netflixAnd after the extension:
ZenFlixImage: screengrab/netflixAhhhh, much more visually pleasing. Don’t you think?
This seemingly simple Chrome extension might seem pointless at first, but after you’ve spent hours binge-watching from bed, your eyes will thank you.
In a hack you never knew you needed, Netflip gives users the ability to turn whatever they’re watching on Netflix sideways.
You can flip Netflix 90 degrees clockwise or counter clockwise, depending on which way you roll over. Finding the most comfortable viewing position for maximum chill will be a breeze. (We are all very spoiled.)
So, binge-watchers — go forth, download some Chrome extensions, and get ready to make the most of your Netflix account.