Netflix gains playback speed settings on Android

Netflix gains playback speed settings on Android

Netflix gains playback speed settings on Android

Netflix's streaming options will allow users to watch content at 0.5x or 0.75x speed, as well as at 1.25x and 1.5x speed. The new control allows 0.5x or 0.75x for slower motion viewing, which could be very beneficial to those with hearing issues or those watching content in non-native languages.

According to Netflix's Keela Robison, VP of product innovation, the variable-speed playback was "well received" by customers and a frequently requested feature.

The National Federation of the Blind has also commended the speeding up feature, and explained that many members of the blind community are able to "understand and appreciate audio played at a much faster pace than what might be comfortable for most sighted people". "Doing so is a breaking of trust and won't be tolerated by the people who provide it".

Netflix has been lauded for the feature by two USA organisations representing people with disabilities - the National Association of the Deaf and the National Federation of the Blind.

Netflix began testing variable-speed playback controls a year ago, an announcement that sparked a huge outcry from Hollywood.

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In response, Netflix said that it was incorporating several measures to remain "sensitive to creator concerns".

In that same vein, playback speeds settings don't carry over to every title, unlike other accessibility features like captions. Netflix says it will automatically correct the pitch in the audio at slower or faster speeds for a smooth experience. 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.

According to The Verge, Netflix will let the public choose the speed in which they watch things starting tomorrow (August 1).

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