New Netflix Feature Could Help People Who Can Never Decide What To Watch

by : Francesca Donovan on : 21 Apr 2019 18:37

Netflix are experimenting with a new feature which could answer the prayers of fickle viewers and warring couples across the land. 

Netflix is great, isn’t it? But sometimes, a streaming service’s greatest strength can also be its greatest weakness.

For example, I don’t know about you but I could spend hours scrolling through trying to pick something to watch on the telly box, from Japanese reality TV, to BoJack Horseman, by way of the countless gripping original documentaries and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.


But Netflix are nothing if not a friendly (but kind of expensive) self-aware, neighborhood streaming service.

You complained. They listened.

And now they’re experimenting with the possibility of a shuffle play function on their search interface which could save you from TV consumer conundrums, the likes of which leave you no time to watch telly anyway.


In short: Netflix are currently testing a shuffle function allowing users to play episodes of TV shows at random, freeing our brains from the torture of choice.

A statement from a spokesperson from Netflix said:

We are testing the ability for members to play a random episode from different TV series on the Android mobile app. These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent.


The new feature, according to Deadline, will help viewers instantly stream an episode of their favorite show when they’re not particularly searching for something specific.

TV shows offering the featured would appear in a new row called ‘Play a Random Episode’.

The row would sit above or below classics such as ‘Continue Watching’ and ‘Trending Now’, as well as ‘British comedies’ and ‘Picks For You’ and we are all so grateful for this opportunity.


When viewers click on a thumbnail, a random episode would play. The shows offering the feature have a red ‘shuffle’ icon.

It comes as UNILAD is told the chronic indecisiveness some people suffer when faced with the never-ending choice of Netflix is linked to neediness, a tendency towards being clingy and general dependency.

This honestly cannot come soon enough, apparently.


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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: Film and TV, decision, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, shows, shuffle, streaming, TV


  1. Deadline

    Netflix Experiments With Shuffle Playback Feature For Certain Shows