Watch what Netflix has to offer worldwide
We’ve all spent hours scrolling through the depths of Netflix only to decide that we’ve seen everything that the streaming website has to offer. But did you know that what’s on offer to US viewers is different than what’s on offer to UK viewers? Now that you do you can spend just over $3 a month on Media Hint, which allows you to change the location on your computer and get more to see. Doing so is a violation of your Netflix agreement, though, so proceed at your own risk.
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One of the most infuriating aspects of Netflix is when its overly open description and photos reveal what is about to happen in the episode and spoil everything. Lifehacker now has you covered, as the website hides the guilty images and text.
Get faster connection speed
While we’re being honest, another of Netflix’s most annoying tendencies is when the internet speed starts to slow and you immediately see the quality deteriorate on screen. Some providers have even been accused of restricting data to Netflix during peak times. You can circumvent this by connecting via a Virtual Private Network. You need to have some technical knowledge to do just that, though. Thankfully here’s a guide for assistance.
Watch Netflix with your pals across the globe
The world has never been smaller. Now people are good friends with someone from the other side of the planet that they’ve never even met. From time to time these individuals want to watch Netflix together at the exact same time. Rabbit is a group chat service that allows you to launch a window where you and your “guests” can then watch and chat about Netflix till your heart is content.
Use keyboard for shortcuts
Sometimes you’ve been embroiled in such a Netflix binge that moving your body just a little bit to continue watching or changing a film immediately feels akin to torture. Luckily, you can avoid touching that pesky mouse-pad, by simply pressing Enter or Spacebar to pause/play, F to make it full-screen, Esc to take you back to a smaller screen, shift and left arrow to rewind, shift and right to move forward, and then up and down for volume and M to make it mute.
[Photo: Netflix Enhancer]6/8
[Photo: Netflix Enhancer]
Get assistance from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes
There are plenty of superb films and television shows hidden in plain sight on Netflix. Thankfully the Netflix Enhancer allows you to spot the diamonds in the rough as they reveal the Rotten Tomato and IMDb scores for each film, and you’ll be able to watch great films you never even knew existed.
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Download so you can literally watch it anywhere
While we’ve all become so dependant on the internet that WiFi should be available in every corner and part of the world we’re not quite yet at that point in time. Which means that when you’re on a long journey where WiFi isn’t available you can be stuck playing solitaire on your computer. Not now, though, because at the end of 2016 Netflix gave the option to download some of its films and shows onto your device so you can watch them later.
Keep up to date with Reddit
If you’re looking to be kept up to date with all the latest hacks on Netflix then head over to the subreddit NetflixBestOf. Here there’s also plenty of redditors willing to give you a range of recommendations, and also wax lyrical about why the “skip intro “ option is a thing of beauty.
Over the last few years millions and millions of people across the world have signed up and been entranced by Netflix and all of the films and television shows that it has to offer its subscribers. But while logging on and scrolling through the streaming website is as easy as reciting the alphabet, it turns out that there’s a secret world to the streaming service: a vast array of Netflix hacks. In fact, its many hidden nooks and crannies actually make what the site has to offer umpteen times more impressive.
After weeks and weeks of scrolling through Netflix you can easily get lost and struggle to pick out something new to watch. That will all change with the Netflix hacks we've compiled into the slideshow above.
These tips and tricks not only free up the vast array of films that different countries around the word have on the streaming website, but also help you to avoid the spoilers that its descriptions inadvertently reveal. They'll reduce the buffering that can repeatedly infuriate your viewing habits while also providing nifty shortcuts that mean you don’t have to move and use that pesky mouse pad.
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There’s more, though, because this hidden treasure trove of Netflix delights will also allow you to watch the site with your pals, wherever they are, and when you are really struggling to pick something to watch you will be able to get review and ratings assistance from IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes, too.
So, what are you waiting for? Take a look through the gallery above to discover the Netflix hacks that will immediately change your viewing experience. In fact, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them. Then, if you’re in the need to find something else to watch, why not take a look through our list of the latest films and television shows that were just added to Netflix for some tips about what to view next.