How to Netflix Like a Pro

Millions of people watch Netflix at home.  Since SPUD was designed for portability, you will soon be able to stream on a 24-inch screen wherever and whenever you want!  It’s time to step up your game and start using Netflix like a pro.  These tips will help you make the most of your streams and binges:

Perfect Your Settings!

One person can use multiple profiles!  Keep your "movie moods" in order.

One person can use multiple profiles!  Keep your "movie moods" in order.

  • Create Multiple Profiles for Yourself – Most people know that Netflix allows you to create different profiles for your multiple account users, which is nice for keeping personal ratings and preferences separated.   But why not use multiple profiles as an individual?  You can create accounts for different moods or movie types.  I like having a “so-bad-it’s-good” account so I can rate movies like The Room without muddying my “good” movie list.

  • Perfect Your Settings – View or delete your history (no one needs to know you watched Love Actually seven times this month), customize subtitle font and color, limit your data usage, and enable/disable auto-play.  Find these options in the "Your Account" menu.

  • Know your Keyboard Shortcuts – A wireless keyboard will give you some pretty good playback control: F toggles full screen, SPACE pauses and plays, M mutes the sound, and SHIFT + Right Arrow and SHIFT + Left Arrow fast-forwards and rewinds respectively.

Make the Most of Chrome Extensions!

NEnhancer shows you ratings while browsing Netflix!

NEnhancer shows you ratings while browsing Netflix!

Super Browse gives you direct access to all Netflix categories.

Super Browse gives you direct access to all Netflix categories.

  • NEnhancer – Let’s start with my favorite Chrome Extension!  NEnhancer automatically adds IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes ratings to most movie selections.  It also gives you the option to launch a pop-up movie trailer, for those times when the ratings alone aren’t enough to solidify your choice.  Prepare to be shocked that you’ve gone without this functionality for so long!

  • Netflix Pause Remover – Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to binge-watch a show, but the next episode takes a grueling 20 seconds to automatically start?  It almost makes you want to get up and get something done!  Almost.  Get rid of those pesky breaks between episodes! 

  • Netflix Party – Designed to let you watch movies with that “long-distance special someone,” this Chrome Extension synchronizes video playback for the multiple watchers.  It also adds a chat window to simulate someone constantly texting you during a movie.

  • Super Browse (also available as Firefox add-on) – You may have heard that Netflix groups movies and TV shows into a bunch of “hidden” categories, which you can find on websites like http://netflixcodes.me/.  This “super browse” extension adds an additional option to the Netflix navigation bar, which gives you a searchable list of all available categories.  These can get pretty specific (for example, Netflix differentiates “slapstick comedies” from “screwball comedies”).

Enhance with the Web!

  • Flix Roulette – Have you ever had trouble picking a Netflix movie or TV show?  Just kidding, of course you have.  Flix Roulette will choose one for you!  You can also use some limited filters, including general category, rating range, director/actor names, and keywords.

  • What’s on Netflix – Find out what’s new, what’s coming soon, and more importantly, what’s leaving soon.  If there’s any news you need to know about Netflix, you’ll find it here.

  • FlickSurfer – This website gives you the functionality that you’ve always thought should have been built directly into Netflix.  Sort movies and TV shows by genre, year, language, rating (IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix, or Average), search terms, and more!

You now have all the tools you need.  Once you have a SPUD , you’ll be able to go out and share this knowledge with the world!