Netflix finally adds continuous play feature

There are millions of people who watch TV shows on Netflix, but until today when a user reached the end of an episode, they had to manually click on the "Next Episode" link to start watching the next chapter of a series. Today, Netflix announced a much needed and requested new feature that will do away with this inconvenience.

The feature is called "Post Play" and it is demonstrated in the video above. Basically, if you are watching a TV show and it reaches the end, the credits will roll in a minimized window while also showing you what the next episode will be like. The next episode will start up 15 seconds later if you decide to do nothing.

This will be a huge benefit for many TV show fans who like to watch a marathon of episodes but don't want to keep clicking on Netflix to make that happen. Netflix says the "Post Play" feature will work for movies as well. It will give three suggestions for your next movie while the film's credits are minimized.

At the moment, this new feature is only available on people who watch videos on Netflix's website, along with the Playstation 3 Netflix app. "Post Play" will be available for other Netflix supported devices in the near future.

Source: Netflix

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I just recently got this feature last week. I can't stand it. I usually watch Netflix at night while laying in bed and I do tend to fall asleep with it on most nights. It bothers me when I'm watching TV shows and the next day i have to try and remember which episode I had fallen asleep on, which is usually 3-4 episodes back and sometimes it spoils it for me. Also, I use my Xbox which is set on a 1 hour inactivity shut down and this continuous play prolongs that.

"There are millions of people who watch TV shows on Netflix, but until today when a user reached the end of an episode, they had to manually click on the 'Next Episode'..."

Such a hardship. 20 years ago, if we wanted to watch the "next episode", we had to wait either a day or a week for it.

How about for Sony Blu-Ray BDP-S780 for this amazing new features? Oh wait video game consoles are more important, Blu-Ray player are the past.

TsMkLg068426 said,
How about for Sony Blu-Ray BDP-S780 for this amazing new features? Oh wait video game consoles are more important, Blu-Ray player are the past.

Yeah, I have one of the other models in that series, and my kids watch episodes of cartoons on it a lot. While my 6 year old can change from one episode to the next, my 3 year old hasn't quite figured it out. This would be great for when he's watching it by himself. Oh well, at least it will work on their computer.

spudtrooper said,
click next episode? on my xbox I just say "xbox next episode" how hard is that?

It's pretty much the only thing I use my Kinect for

The PS3 already had this for some time. Its not perfect, It tries to skip ahead of the "last time on...." if a show does that but sometimes it will miss the start of the next show by a few mins.

I hope they'll update their Windows Media Center plugin at some point. It's looking horribly dated now and isn't well suited for watching a TV series.

kjordan2001 said,
I hope they'll update their Windows Media Center plugin at some point. It's looking horribly dated now and isn't well suited for watching a TV series.

IMO they need an actual windows app.

Few days late? Try like almost a few weeks. I've been taking advantage of this on the PS3 since the beginning of Aug.

shakey said,
Few days late? Try like almost a few weeks. I've been taking advantage of this on the PS3 since the beginning of Aug.

I've had this feature for quite some time as well on my PS3.

I am almost 100% positive Netflix had this initially and took it out. Mostly because I remember falling asleep at the end of a show a few times and waking up 4 episodes later.

This is a few days late for this news. To be honest I really hate that feature and currently I am looking for a way to disable it. I only look at one episode at time so I do not need this