With more than 100 million subscribers, Netflix is now the biggest streaming platform on the planet.
Its winning combination of classic TV shows, original series and films old and new has changed the way we enjoy our entertainment forever and made ‘binge-watching’ one of the most popular modern pastimes.
But even if you’re a self-confessed Netflix addict, the chances are you’re not using the service to its full potential and it’s likely you’re missing out on some useful features and great content that you didn’t even know were there.
And if you’ve never subscribed to Netflix, you might not realize just how much it has to offer, beyond streaming the likes of House of Cards and The Crown.
Here are our top Netflix secret tips:-
Search the global Netflix library
Many TV shows and movies that aren’t available on Netflix in the UK are offered by the service in one of its other 95 territories, some of which have a much bigger selection than ours.
You can find out what’s available using the ‘unofficial Netflix online Global Search Tool’ (uNoGs for short, unogs.com),
which lets you either browse genres or enter the name of a movie, TV show, actor or director to view matching content from across the world.
You’ll be surprised how many popular films and series aren’t available on our local Netflix,
You’ll be surprised how many popular films and series aren’t available on our local Netflix, including Star Wars (can be watched in 23 countries), Harry Potter (Australia only) and Lord of the Rings (70 countries).
You may be able to access these regional variations using a VPN, though Netflix is clamping down on such tools and has become very good at spotting them.
Some paid-for VPNs might still fool it or you could sign up for a free trial of a VPN subscription, but your success will vary depending on which countries.
Add useful new features to Netflix
If you watch Netflix through Chrome, you can change various settings and unlock new features by installing the Super Netflix add-on .
This offers several useful tools, including the ability to change the video quality, upload custom subtitles and control the volume.
You can also set your own video bitrate (the higher the better for improved quality) and blur episode thumbnails so they don’t accidentally reveal any spoilers.
The add-on’s developer offers users the opportunity to test new beta features before they are ready to be rolled out to everyone.
Improve Netflix by tweaking its interface
Flix Plus (Download Now) is a Chrome add-on from Lifehacker that offers 18 handy tweaks for Netflix.
It can add or remove elements from the interface, insert a random episode button, provide ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, hide potential spoilers, introduce additional keyboard shortcuts and much more.
It’s designed for the US version of Netflix, but we’ve found it works fine in the UK edition too.
Watch a random TV show or film
Sometimes the most enjoyable TV shows or movies you watch are the ones you stumble across by chance and know nothing about.
Netflix Roulette (netflixroulette.net) spices up your viewing by randomly choosing your on-screen entertainment.
Simply tell it whether you want to watch a movie or a TV show and click the Spin button.
You can weight your chances of finding a hidden gem rather than a total stinker by choosing a category, narrowing results based on a particular rating range and/ or specifying the director’s name, actor’s name or keyword.
Keep spinning the ‘wheel’ until you find something promising, then click the Watch on
Netflix button to begin viewing.
It’s similar to flicking through TV channels late at night and stumbling across something half-decent.
Master Netflix’s keyboard shortcuts
Netflix has several useful keyboard shortcuts that provide instant control and save unnecessary clicking when you’re watching content on your PC.
Here are some of our favorites:-
Also, Check Access Netflix Hidden Categories in Your Browser