Netflix’s new feature means you’ll never miss those important plot points

Quite often we’ll be sitting around enjoying Netflix when we get distracted by our smartphone, or someone actually wanting to indulge in a little human interaction. In either case, it often leads to faffing around rewinding in order to get another look at the plot point you just missed.

In the hope of remedying such annoyance, Netflix is testing an instant replay feature that will enable viewers to easily watch an important scene again. The streaming giant confirmed the tests, saying it’ll be easier to revisit the most enjoyable scenes without manually rewinding or scanning YouTube.

Users see a pop-up “watch this scene” again pop-up that allows them simply to jump back to the beginning of the action. So, if you want to watch the scene in Ace Ventura where he falls into the shark tank over and over and over again, you will be able to.

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In a statement to the LA Times, Netflix said: “We’re trying out a feature which gives Netflix members the ability to rewatch favourite scenes and memorable moments with the click of a button. Right now we’re just looking to learn from it and may or may not roll it out more broadly in the future.”

However, the feature isn’t proving that popular among subscribers with access to it, with many claiming it’s proving a distraction that compromises the viewing experience.

Another took to Reddit, bemoaning that Netflix is a “giant anchor in the future of film culture.”

The user, alohasprinting, wrote:

“Watching Dumbling (which is fairly meh) but throughout the movie a popup link of “watch this scene again” will appear. Why does Netflix insist on devaluing film even more than it does with its washdowned color grading and poorly executed original plotpoops? This bothers me Netflix is such a giant anchor in the future of film culture. Gahhh”

A feature like this is always going to be pushed back on by film purists, but for those who simply enjoy streaming in the background, while doing other things, it may be quite useful. If Netflix ever decides to roll “watch this scene again” out to all customers, perhaps a nice middle ground would be to make it optional?

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