According to multiple reports, Netflix is testing several variations of a shuffle feature that would allow users to watch something random.
Last year, we reported that Netflix was testing a
The new test comes as a “Shuffle Play” button that appears on your account’s profile picker screen or as a “Play Something” link in the main menu. Apparently, the tests have been running since July – but only on TV devices. “The hope is to absolutely productize something,” noted a spokesperson in a recent Variety report.
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According to a report from the Verge, the “Play Something” button doesn’t just bring up something completely random to watch. Netflix chooses based on what a user has already watched,
So, will we ever get a fully-fledged shuffle button to randomly fire up something to watch? It’s possible, but only if the feature gains enough traction among users. “We run these tests in different countries and for different periods of time – and only make them broadly available if people find them useful,” explains a company spokesperson.
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