The online movie streaming giant, Netflix has announced that they are updating the software for their players.
The move will apply to both its web video player and also the software that runs on the Apple devices, namely the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch units. Consumers will be delighted with the changes which will provided much needed greater functionality of the company’s software.
Some of the changes for the new web video player include:
- Larger, scale-able control buttons, this will make it easier when using Netflix on a large screen display unit, for instance when connecting your computer to a TV.
- On smaller displays the unit will not scale down, making it much easier to watch.
- Full screen mode, now works in the same way as the browser mode, allowing the user to view episode and season information.
- When the movie is paused it will now show much more information about the title.
Netflix were keen to point out that although these changes might take a little while for customers to get to grips with, it will provided a much more intuitive experience in the longer run.
One of the biggest changes in the web video player is that they have taken the option to move the ‘back to browse’ button, it now sits at the very top of the screen; making it much easier for customers to access.
Some of the changes for the new apple video player include:
- Changing the overall look and feel to mirror closer the experience that is offered from the other Netflix mobile applications.
- Installing bigger and better separated play buttons.
- Improved video play exploration, allowing for thumbnail images on the scrub bar.
- Much easier access to subtitle and audio controls plus other existing player features.
For customers in Canada, Netflix have added a ‘do not share’ capability for Facebook connected users.
All in all the new web video players and Apple players will offer increased functionality.
The company also added that there would also be a revised player that would be made available for its many android based customers; although no exact date had been given for this – so watch this space android users!
The changes come at a very good time for the company, as there have been increasing reports of customer dissatisfaction with the previous viewing experience.
Netflix of course have been the market leaders in streaming movies for a very large number of years, dating back to their start in this market place way back in 1999.