11 tips to make you a Netflix master

In Australia there are now an estimated 1 million subscribers. And for $8.99 each month, it puts many of our favourite shows and movies at our fingertips and on nearly all of our devices 24/7.

With its growing collection of original programming (“House of Cards,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Marvel’s Daredevil,” and more), Netflix keeps getting better.

Whether you’ve spent countless hours binge watching your favourite shows, or you’re a Netflix newbie, here are some tips and tricks you need to know to get the most out of your subscription.

Know the keyboard shortcuts

Become a Netflix keyboard ninja with these shortcuts:

F = full screen

M = mute

Up arrow = volume up

Down arrow = volume down

Spacebar = play/pause

Shift + Left Arrow = rewind

Shift + Right Arrow = fast-forward

ESC = exit full screen

Don't blow through your data plan

Did you know you can adjust the quality of your Netflix stream?

If you're worried about using too much data when you watch something -- maybe your internet provider has a bandwidth cap -- go to the My Account page and select 'Playback settings.'

Beware -- these changes make take up to 8 hours to take effect.

Clear your viewing history

Netflix used to make it really hard to remove programs you had watched from your viewing history, but now it's easy.

Under the My Account page, select 'Viewing activity.' From there, you can delete individual movies and TV episodes you've watched.

Now that embarrassing reality show won't show up in your suggestions.

See who is mooching off your account

Under the same 'My Activity' window that shows everything you've watched, there's an option to 'See recent account access.'

This feature shows you exactly which devices have logged into your Netflix account, their IP addresses, and the time they logged in.

By default, Netflix restricts Basic accounts, which cost $US7.99 per month, to watching one stream at a time. Standard plans, which cost $US8.99 per month, allow you to watch two streams simultaneously, and you can unlock up to four screens at once with the $US11.99 per month Premium plan.

Change how subtitles look

Subtitles only work if you can read them. Visit the 'Subtitle appearance' section in My Account to change the font size, style, and colour.

If you're not sure how to change the subtitles on your game console or another device, check out this guide on Netflix's website.

Watch the same thing with someone across the country

Rabbit is a free website that lets you watch the same video stream with someone else remotely. Make those long distance relationships easier.

Use your phone as a remote control

If you're kicked back on the couch watching Netflix on your TV, it can be nice to use your phone as a remote for controlling Netflix.

With the Apple TV, it's easier to beam whatever you're watching to the big screen using Apple's AirPlay technology. Chromecast owners can also just use the Netflix mobile app to cast video to a nearby TV.

On the PS3 and PS4, just open the Netflix app on your phone and console while both devices are connected to the same WiFi network.

Improve Netflix's recommendations by telling it what you like

Under My Account, select 'Taste preferences.' From there you can rate how often you watch certain types of programming. Filling out these preferences will help the service recommend movies and TV shows better suited to your tastes.

Find the best movies with Rotten Tomatoes

What Is On Netflix? lets you search for movies to stream on Netflix based on their Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic rating, which is a great way to make sure you don't waste time with the bad stuff.

Can't find what you're looking for on Netflix?

Find it on other streaming providers with the website Where to Watch.

Keep up with what's just been added

Due to deals with different Hollywood studios, moves and TV shows are constantly getting removed and put back on Netflix.

The websites Instant Watcher, Now Streaming, and WhatsOnNetflixNow are great resources for seeing not only what's just been added, but what's getting the axe soon.

Netflix's Facebook and Twitter accounts are also good ways of seeing popular content that's just been added.

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