Netflix is Testing a ‘Shuffle Play’ Feature on TV Devices
Netflix is launching a worldwide testing phase for a new ‘Shuffle Play’ feature. A Shuffle Play button has been seen by many users on multiple TV devices.
I’m sure at one point or another, you’ve found yourself scrolling through Netflix, unsure of what to watch. According to TechCrunch, Netflix may be testing a solution to put an end to those indecisive moments. The company has introduced Shuffle Play as a big button upon logging in. When choosing which profile to use, users can hit the button and Netflix will begin playing a randomly selected title. Netflix told TechCrunch that the feature is being tested to help users “quickly and easily find content that’s tailored to their tastes.”
The titles that may be selected are often movies and shows a user is currently watching, has on their watch list, or is comparable to something they have watched in the past.
Netflix users have begun taking to Twitter to share their surprise and excitement.
Interesting new feature @netflix … but what kind of insane person just says, “yolo, let’s spin the Netflix wheel of fortune” pic.twitter.com/6WDJrmd7pG
— Turner Levison (@TurnerLevison) August 18, 2020
My TV has a Netflix shuffle play option. The definition of chaotic evil.
— KD (@kgdobs) August 11, 2020
Some users have even noticed a variation of the test called the ‘Play Something’ feature in recent months. Rather than selecting to shuffle content from the profile selection menu, users can shuffle content from the sidebar.
Lol Netflix now has a “shuffle” button. This is something I needed that I didn’t even know I need. pic.twitter.com/JEEsF65Bc0
— Chaby Digital (@Chabz_Classic) July 14, 2020
While Netflix has confirmed that the ‘Shuffle Play’ feature is the only variation currently being tested, the company has not confirmed whether or not it will be available to the wide audience. Netflix has said it must continue to collect feedback from each test and compare results before making a final decision.