- Netflix has been testing a “Show Me That Scene Again” feature, an on-screen prompt designed to allow users to go back to the beginning of a particular scene.
- Reaction on social media so far has been fairly negative, with some saying it disrupts the viewing experience.
- A Netflix representative said the streaming company was “just looking to learn” from the test and might roll it out more broadly in the future.
Netflix has been testing out a rewind-type feature in which a prompt pops up in a corner of the screen to “Show Me That Scene Again” – usually after the conclusion of an epic fight scene or a particularly emotional moment.
This feature is similar to the “Skip Intro” pop-up button for TV title sequences, which Netflix rolled out in May.
But the jury’s still out whether most people are fans of the new feature. As early as December 11, Netflix users have expressed concern about the test, with some turning to social media to voice just how vehemently unhappy they are about it. So far, it seems, the test has only been partially rolled out in the US.
Currently, it seems as if the feature is showing up only on TVs. We tried to replicate the pop-up seen near the 25-minute mark during “Avengers: Infinity War” on a computer and a mobile device without any luck, even after it consistently showed up when watched on a TV.
— Austin M McKenzie (@amckenzie893) January 3, 2019
What is this hot garbage “watch that scene again” that’s been interrupting my film watching?
— Fat Freddy (@askjosh32) December 29, 2018
@netflix i love Netflix, but please get rid of the "watch that scene again" feature. If I want to re-watch a scene, I'll just rewind it. I don't want pop ups during my movies and shows.
— Casey (@Lateralus982) December 26, 2018
The pop-up has been seen on “Mowgli,” “Dumplin’,” and even “Shrek.”
Not all Netflix content includes the feature, and, when contacted by Business Insider for comment, Netflix did not specify what made a movie, TV show, or scene eligible for it.
How long this test feature will last is also unclear, as is whether the streaming service will provide it to all of its 137 million users.
A Netflix representative told Business Insider that Netflix was “just looking to learn from it and may or may not roll it out more broadly in the future.”
If you hate when the “Show Me That Scene Again” pops up on your screen, or you just want to preemptively stop it, here’s how in just two simple steps:
First, go to your account. Under settings, click “Test participation”
Next, turn off “Include me in tests and previews” then press done. Voilà! No more unprompted pop-ups while watching!
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