One of the perks I get for being a Stream Team member is information about upcoming shows and Netflix improvements. In a recent newsletter they shared a couple new Netflix Tech Hacks. Here is what they said.
Last month, Netflix released two new innovations to help you make the most of your streaming experience:
- Next time you’re having trouble streaming your favorite Netflix show, check Fast.com, a no frills tool that tests your internet connection speed, to view your download speeds.
- Users can now control how much data they use when streaming on cellular networks. To set your data usage, make sure you have the latest version of the Netflix app and visit the “App Settings” menu.
So I decided to do a little research to find a few more.
Netflix Tips for Optimal Viewing
Be Sure to Optimize for HD
Are you paying for HD services on Netflix? If so, double check your streaming settings. You need to make sure you are set up to be sure you are actually viewing in HD. Go to Netflix.com/HdToggle to make sure you’re always set up for HD viewing. Just a heads up: if you are watching outside your home and off Wi-Fi, this will definitely affect your data usage since HD videos use up more data.
And according to Digital Trends, what browser you are using can affect you HD streaming experience too. I was surprised to see that Safari and iE offer the best maximum resolution:
- Google Chrome: up to 720p
- Firefox: up to 720p
- Opera: up to 720p
- Safari: up to 1080p (on Macs running OS X 10.10.3 or greater)
- Microsoft Edge: up to 1080p
- Internet Explorer: up to 1080p
Use Computer Shortcuts
If you stream using a desktop/laptop, you may want to take advantage of these keyboard shortcuts:
– F will give you full screen; Esc will take you out of it
– PgDn pauses; PgUp will play
– The spacebar will also pause and play
– Shift + Right Arrow will fast-forward; Shift + Left Arrow will rewind
– M should toggle your mute button, depending on your computer
Add Netflix Enhancer Extension
Ok, I know that Chrome didn’t get the highest resolution rating above, but this tip might make it worth using anyway. Download the NEnhancer Extension to your Chrome browser to Rotten Tomato and IMDb ratings. For many film buffs, you know Rotten Tomatoes is a great place to find reviews on movies. Now you don’t have to go to the RT site to check the rating, see it while you are browsing (and definitely skip anything less than a 65%)
And who is going to make these for me… I mean brilliant, right!?!
Do you have any Netflix Tricks? (you know so you can binge more effectively)
(Thanks to Thrillest for some of these tips)
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