Netflix adding video previews to speed up browsing

A way to cut through all the aimless scrolling and get to content you want

Netflix continues to add incredibly helpful — if seemingly obvious — options to their streaming service. Last week, users finally got the ability to save shows and movies for offline viewing (take that, data overage charges!). Now, they’ll be able to experience one of the oldest facets of entertainment in a new way: previews.

Amazingly, Netflix didn’t have trailers for most of its videos, save for original content. A new feature now will play a brief preview as you browse through the scores of television shows and movies so you can get a better idea of what you might want to watch. These aren’t standard trailers, however; instead, they’re specifically crafted “video synopses that help members make faster and more confident decisions by quickly highlighting the story, characters and tone of a title,” according to Netflix’s blog (via Reddit).

The previews are currently limited to the TV streaming experience, though it should be launching on eligible devices (game consoles, Roku, etc.) in the next few weeks. Smart TV updates will go live in the coming months. Watch a video explaining the new feature below.


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