Netflix for iPad now auto-plays next TV episode, offers after-movie recommendations, and more

Netflix for iPad now auto-plays next TV episode, offers after-movie recommendations, and more

Netflix on Thursday updated its native iOS app with two post-play features and some enhanced second screen options. You can download the latest app now directly from Apple’s App Store.

The first new feature is meant for binge-watching (Netflix’s own words, not ours): the app can now automatically start the next episode in a TV series when the previous one you were watching ends. This is probably better on an iPad than an iPod, but if you insist on getting through multiple episodes on your iPhone, who is Netflix to stop you?

Update: Actually, Netflix just posted that this only works on your iPad, plus a few more details: “After an episode, we minimize the credits and tee-up the next episode. If you do nothing, the next episode starts to play in 10 seconds.”


Next up, Netflix will now offer you three movie recommendations at the end of the film you just finished watching. Again, you probably won’t start watching another flick immediately after the last one, but this does give you options if you liked what you just saw.

The full Netflix 4.1 for iOS changelog is as follows:

  • The new Netflix app makes it even easier to enjoy more movies and TV shows. Enjoy binge watching your favorite TV shows and get the best movie recommendations with this new update.
  • Added post-play feature where, when one episode of a TV show ends, the Netflix app automatically cues and then starts the next episode.
  • In post-play for movies, the three best movie recommendations are displayed at the end of the movie currently being watched.
  • Added enhanced second screen options.

That last point is interesting because Netflix yesterday released an updated Android app, which you can grab from Google Play. The changelog listed the same note:

  • Increased font size for subtitles on tablets.
  • Enhanced second screen support.
  • Improved playback stability.
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes.

We asked Netflix about it but the company unfortunately didn’t explain much. “The most recent update predominantly has changes under the hood,” a Netflix spokesperson told TNW. “We will be able to talk more about new features in the future.”

If and when we learn more, we’ll let you know.

Top Image credit: Peter Szustka

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