The video streaming service overhauls its video player for browser-based watching, adding in a host of new features and options, including single TV episode and whole season previews.
Netflix began rolling out a new fandangled video player for PCs
today. Besides beefing up the playback with added options, information,
and video accessibility, the video service also redesigned the control
bar to be more user-friendly.
There are a handful of notable new
features to the video playback. First, the control bar has different
options that include access to subtitles, previews of the next episode,
and previews to the whole season (if users are watching a TV show). If
users click on the previews to the whole season, a box will pop-up that
lets them watch previews from within the same screen. Also, if the video
stays paused for a few seconds a text overlay will show up saying what
the user is currently watching.
Things seem to be looking pretty bright for Netflix this week. Just earlier today the company announced that it was winning back former customers who quit the service after its controversial price hike last fall.
According to GigaOM,
which first reported the new video player, users can also resize their
browser window while watching videos. This can help users multitask
while watching Netflix and also may help sizing if using the streaming
service with a connected television set.