Netflix Is Trialing A Pop-out Player To Let You Multitask

Posted: Jun 21 2019, 9:04pm CDT | by , in Technology News


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Netflix is trialing a pop-out player to let you multitask
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Soon you can Netflix and (chill) work.

Netflix is testing a new feature that would let users watch videos in a small box that floats above other windows and applications — perfect for multitasking.

The feature was spotted by some Twitter users, and was later confirmed by Engadget. If confirmed, it would be good news for Netflix viewers who watch movies, TV series, documentaries and the like while they work, especially to those who only have a single screen or are working on a laptop.

According to the report, the pop-out player could only be available through desktop watching. Viewers can enable it by clicking on a small icon at the bottom of the screen, prompting a new window that users can resize and move to their desired space on their screens. This feature is already available on Facebook’s website view whenever you watch a video on your news feed and scroll past it.

Photo by Engadget

Meanwhile, the report said Netflix’s pop-out player does not support subtitles, which is logical since it would be too hard to read texts on a tiny window.

When asked about the new feature by Engadget, Netflix responded with:

Photo by Engadget
The company has yet to make a formal announcement about the potential feature. Netflix, which has exceeded 150 million subscribers at the start of the year, continues to work on new features for best user experience.

Earlier in June, a Netflix spokesperson told Variety that the company is testing a new feature called “Extras,” a new Instagram-like feed in its mobile app that would show trailers, photos and alerts for upcoming shows. The photos are scrolled horizontally and without sound.

“We are testing a feed of video extras in our mobile app to help fans connect more deeply with the titles they love and discover new ones to watch… These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent,” the Netflix spokesperson told Variety at the time.

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