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.
The speed playback adjustment enables subscribers to slow down video to 0.5 or 0.75 times the original speed, or to speed it up by 1.25 or 1.5 times.
Netflix began testing variable-speed playback controls a year ago, an announcement that sparked a huge outcry from Hollywood. On the flip side, the playback speed options will be available regardless of whether you're streaming something or watching a show or movie that you have previously downloaded. You will also need to adjust the speed for each TV show or movie individually.More news: NSW clusters grow as COVID-19 toll hits 52
Netflix has rolled out the speed control even though it was met with backlash from the creative community.
Director and producer Judd Apatow was notably unhappy with the feature, stating that distributors like Netflix "can't change the way content is presented".
"That would mean they are completely taking control of everyone else's art and destroying it. Netflix is far better than that", Paul said.More news: Muslims mark start of Eid al-Adha in age of coronavirus
To address such concerns, Netflix said, it capped the range of playback speeds (to no slower than 0.5 times normal speed, and no faster than 1.5X). YouTube, in comparison, lets you double the speed of whatever you're watching.
This has apparently been "much requested by members for years", according to Keela Robison, Netflix's VP of product innovation.
She also noted that surveys of users testing the feature didn't perceive the content any differently (though I'd argue that would be tough to tell). The US National Association of the Deaf and the National Federation of the Blind both commended the company for the move.More news: Google's Autofill Getting Last Thing It Truly Needed
With the captions slowed down to correspond with the scenes, it would help deaf or hearing-impaired persons to be able to read the subtitles at a more comfortable speed.