How to Get the Most Out of Netflix


How to Get the Most Out of Netflix

Netflix is the first name that comes to your mind when you talk about video streaming because it is by far the most popular video streaming service out there. It brings news, movies and TV shows at your fingertips and could prove to be the last nail in the coffin for DVDs and even cable TV. Now you can watch anything, anytime, and from anywhere, all thanks to Netflix.You will have to pay a subscription or membership fee to enjoy Netflix or you can go for the trial version before getting a full membership. In either case, you must make the most of the Netflix subscription, or it is a waste of money. Here are few tips to guide you to taking full advantage of your Netflix subscription:

Better Recommendations

Finding the right content from the huge Netflix library will not be easy. However, if you rate everything you watch on Netflix, Netflix will give you better suggestions on what to watch next. It learns from the ratings you give you to movies and TV shows and recommends similar content. Their algorithm will suggest the most appropriate content for you and could save you a lot of time in searching for movies and shows to watch.

Add IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes

Although Netflix has its own ratings system in place, getting a second opinion from a trusted source could help you make the right decision when it comes to creating a watch-list. Add IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes to your Netflix and see what the members of these websites have to say about a movie or TV show. Download a browser extension called “Netflix Enhancer” for Chrome. You can also view the movie trailer through this extension as well as the reviews and ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb.

Slow Internet Connection

The primary requirement for streaming video content is a stable internet connection. If you do not have a fast internet connection, a changing streaming rate could certainly help improve the playback on a slow connection. To change the streaming rate, press Shift + Alt + Left Click for Windows or Shift + Alt + Click on Mac to open the Stream Manager menu where you can change the settings to make your Netflix playback smoother on a slow internet connection. Keep an eye on your data volume, especially if you are watching a large volume of content regularly.

Use Your Mobile Device as a Remote

This trick is restricted to users who own PlayStation 3 and stream videos from their gaming console. Download the Netflix app on your mobile device. Both the console and your mobile device should be connected to the same network for this to work. Select the video you want to view and choose the device you want to play the video on. Select the PS3 and video will start to play. Now, you can control the video playback from your mobile device. Pause, forward, rewind, and switch to next video or episode from your mobile device.