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Netflix introduces new 'Skip Intro' button for easier binge watching

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Elaine Woods | 20 March, 2017, 00:46

"We perform hundreds of tests every year to help make the Netflix member experience better", a spokeswoman for Netflix said.

So far there's been a lot of positive reactions to the new Netflix feature on social media. This week some Twitter users spotted a "skip intro" button that appears when you hover over the title sequence for shows including Netflix originals House of Cards and Iron Fist, and Mad Men (a third-party show). Netflix already does this with many shows that have intros that are at the top of the show. Until now, those who were exhausted of hearing the same jingle for the tenth time during a binging session used the right arrow key to skip a couple of frames, but that always left them either watching the last seconds of the intro or missing the first seconds of the show.

The "skip intro" button, originally discovered by eagle-eyed Reddit users almost a month ago, appears on the bottom right corner of the screen when the show's intro starts to play. The skip intro button is now live. Although if the episodes are on auto-play, the opening sequence will usually be skipped anyway.

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Netflix said to PCMag via a written statement, "Given that star ratings have traditionally been used to indicate quality in entertainment, members were sometimes confused about how to think about rating a title".

This change in Netflix's rating system has been in development for a while. However, it could be argued that when you're binge watching a few episodes at a time, it can get a little tedious having to sit through the credits again for another episode.

It's unclear know whether it's available for all shows.

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