Netflix's new playback speed move has raised eyebrows

Netflix's new playback speed move has raised eyebrows
Published: 9 November 2019 - 9:48 a.m.
Netflix is reportedly testing a feature that will allow a small group of Android phone users to change the playback speed of what they’re watching, but some of Hollywood’s biggest actors and filmmakers are pushing back.

Directors Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), Brad Bird (The Incredibles), and Peyton Reed (Ant-Man) asked Netflix on Twitter not to move forward with the tool. Actor Aaron Paul (El Camino, BoJack Horseman) called it a bad decision.

“Why support and finance filmmakers visions on one hand and then work to destroy the presentation of those films on the other?” Bird tweeted, The Verge reported.

A Netflix spokesperson told The Verge that the company is always experimenting with ways to improve subscribers’ viewing experiences.

Netflix doesn’t have any plans at this time to roll it out to larger screens in the future.

The spokesperson added that while Netflix understands the concerns of creators when it comes to playback controls, this isn’t any different than what DVD players have been capable of doing for years. It’s a heavily requested feature from subscribers, the spokesperson said. Netflix users will have to opt in to the option to play shows and movies at various speeds every single time, meaning it isn’t an automatic fixture.

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