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Netflix Is Trialling A 'Play A Popular Episode' Random Selection Button

Netflix Is Trialling A 'Play A Popular Episode' Random Selection Button

Netflix is great. It's always there for you when you've had a long day and just want to veg out in front of some decent TV. However, it can be difficult finding something that everyone can agree on to watch.

Well, it isn't any more, they're going to add in a button that will pick a show for you at random.

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That means that if you can't all agree to watch something, or you're looking to put your future enjoyment in the lap of the Netflix gods, then you'll be able to do exactly that.

Sure, there is a small chance that you'll end up watching something that you're not into. Perhaps you'll even end up watching something that no-one is into, but at least it is a fair way of deciding and you can always just press the button again.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Also, you're not going to end up watching a random episode of a black and white documentary that is entirely in Hungarian - unless that's what you're into - because it isn't actually a completely random choice.

Let me explain. If you're the kind of Netflix user who has seen every single episode of a show in the past - think Friends, or Blackadder, or something like that - you can use your Netflix Android app to shuffle though that and pick out a random episode.

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Think of it as an iPod Shuffle, but instead of cycling through songs it will pick out a random episode of Gilmore Girls for you. If that's what you're in to.

It is simply a case of pressing a button that reads: "Play A Popular Episode".

Netflix will do the rest.

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Credit: PA

So far, you can only experience this if you've got an Android device and, like so many of these things, it might never make it to every single Netflix account. However, it sounds like a bit of a laugh, right?

A spokesperson from the streaming giant told CNET: "We are testing the ability to for members to play a random episode from different TV series on the Android mobile app,

"These tests typically vary in length of time and by region and may not become permanent."

So, if you've always fancied watching The Office in its entirety, or fancy re-watching every single episode of The IT Crowd, just not in the correct order, or if you just can't be arsed arguing with your partner about what to watch, this could be for you.

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Topics: Entertainment, Film, TV and Film, Interesting, UK Entertainment, Technology, US Entertainment

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

 

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