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Netflix Trialling 'Shuffle' Button For Indecisive Users

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Netflix Trialling 'Shuffle' Button For Indecisive Users

Some Netflix users have now been given a 'Shuffle Play' option to take all the hassle out of deciding what they want to watch. What a time to be alive.

The new feature has been rolled out to a select number of users and, when selected, will start streaming a random movie or TV show.

Speaking to Variety, Netflix said it was hoping that, if popular, Shuffle Play could become a permanent feature.

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A spokesperson said: "The purpose of the test is to make it easier for members to find something to watch."

They went on to say that the streaming giant would be using the findings from the test to eventually roll out the feature, adding: "The hope is to absolutely productise something."

Meanwhile, a spokesperson from Netflix told TechCrunch the idea behind the feature was to 'help [its] members quickly and easily find content that's tailored to their tastes'.

According to Variety the random shows selected will be chosen because they are similar to things you've watched before, or are from genres you've watched previously, or from things you have in 'My List' section.

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The Shuffle Play button either appears on the 'Who's watching Netflix screen', in the 'billboard' area on a user's profile or on the TV menu sidebar.

For the moment, 'Shuffle Play' is only available on TVs and it's not clear how many people have been randomly selected for the 'worldwide test'.

However, those who have got the fancy new feature have taken to social media to give their opinions, one person wrote: "Whoa whoa what is this cool "shuffle play" feature on Netflix? It's amazing and helpful for my indecisive self."

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Another wrote: "The new Netflix button 'shuffle play' just saved me like 45 minutes to choose a movie I wasn't even going to watch."

But not everyone is a fan, with another user writing: "Why does my Netflix have a 'shuffle play' option? Who would ever use this and why?"

And other posting: "My TV has a Netflix shuffle play option. The definition of chaotic evil."

Speaking as someone who scrolls for two hours before giving up and going to bed every night, I wholeheartedly endorse this new feature.

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Topics: TV and Film, Technology, Netflix

Claire Reid
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