Netflix is testing a "random episode" feature for TV shows

Does the idea of ​​a random play button for Netflix sound attractive? The company has begun to test exactly that with some users of its Android application, according to Android Police . For those who have been included in the test, this new option appears in two ways: there is a column dedicated to "Play a popular episode" on the home screen of the application that presents programs such as The Office, Arrested Development and Our Planet . Fans of those first two will probably be able to enjoy any random episode, regardless of the season, and random reproduction definitely makes sense for nature documentaries where each episode has its own theme.

Netflix also displays a "random episode" button in the playback controls once you start to see a series for which the service believes this concept is appropriate. Obviously, there are a lot of programs in series in which the fact of falling into a random episode really would not make much sense or be nice.

netflix is testing a random episode feature for tv shows

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But if you just want to launch Friends, NCIS, Parks and Recreation, or Gray & # 39; s Anatomy in the bottom line, this could actually be quite convenient. Netflix also has a great interest in anthology type shows, hello, Black Mirror and random playback also makes a lot of sense for that type of content. The company has already experimented with mixing its episode orders.

Verge approached Netflix to discuss whether subscribers on other devices and platforms can expect to see this option soon. I do not see it on my Pixel 3 XL, so even on Android, this seems to be a limited test at this time.

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