According to reports, Netflix recently launched a global test on the Android platform, allowing users to set a timer for the viewing time of streaming media programs, and automatically stop program playback at the point.
This new feature allows people to set four viewing time: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or watch until the end of the program. When the show reaches the preset time point, the Netflix application will automatically stop the show.
In theory, this new feature will help save the battery life of Android devices, while also ensuring that after one episode is over, the next episode will not continue to play automatically.
Netflix said that this test is currently limited to users of Android devices worldwide, but in the future it can be considered to introduce this feature to other devices, including TVs and computer desktops, depending on whether the feedback of this feature is positive. To what extent is it welcomed by users.
The operation instructions of this function are as follows: select and play a certain TV show or movie on the mobile device, and then, in the upper right corner of the screen, the user can see a timer icon in the shape of a clock, tap the timer icon, and select 15, 30, 45 minutes or “finish the show”.
As of now, this feature is only available for adult accounts. Although this feature seems to be more useful for children, Netflix has not yet provided this feature to child accounts.
When Netflix plans to open this feature to children in the future, it will be designed differently from adults. Because children tend to tap the screen at will, they may design this feature into a mode that is not so easy to tap.
You can also use this timer function as a sleep timer tool. For those users who like to watch Netflix or Disney programs on their phones before going to bed, it would be very good for the program to stop automatically at a certain point after the user falls asleep.
Recently, streaming platforms such as Spotify, Pocket Casts, and Pandora have a sleep timer function, which is convenient for users to use until they fall asleep, but they are all audio-based and do not require users to concentrate on the screen.