Netflix for iOS Updated with Movie Recommendations and Auto-Play for TV Shows

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Netflix has updated its iOS app to version 4.1, adding several options to encourage continuous content viewing like auto-play for television episodes and post-movie recommendations.

    With the new features, after watching an episode of a television show, the next episode will automatically begin to play. Additionally, after a movie ends, Netflix will offer three recommendations for similar movies. The update also includes enhanced second screen options.
    The universal Netflix app is available for download from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Netflix for iOS Updated with Movie Recommendations and Auto-Play for TV Shows
  2. Behindthelens24 macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    The PS3 version of Netflix has been doing this for a while now. Glad apple finally caught up.
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Apple didn't catch up - It's netflix's app, and they decide when to update it.
  4. pnoyblazed macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    I prefer this UI than what comes with my bluray player.. it's less cluttered and just flows
  5. peteullo macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2009
    Scranton, PA
    All Netflix needs now is some good content to recommend.
  6. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    For TV they have a very good selection, and for movies if you like the lower budget or B movies they have a good selection of those as well.
  7. SeanMcg macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2004
    One thing I like about the Netflix app on the :apple:TV is the ability to search on an actor or director, not just the film title. I wish they would bring that to the iOS app.

    I hope the :apple:TV app is updated to include the new TV show continuous play feature. Consider it a playlist for TV shows. It is sooooo tiring to have to click the two or three times just to get the next episode to play :D Seriously, though, it can come in handy if you are otherwise occupied.
  8. cpatterson1177 macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2012
    I'm glad that Netflix finally added this feature to "i" devices. I love the auto-play feature on the PS3 and have been waiting for them to add it to the "i" devices.
  9. apptactics macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2013
    I love this feature on my PS3, and is one of the reasons I prefer using that instead of my Apple TV.

    My question: who made the Netflix app for the Apple TV? I assume it wasn't actually Netflix, but rather was Apple, and this is why it isn't as functional as other platform versions. It's like the whole YouTube for iOS thing all over again. Hopefully there is a "real" Netflix app coming in the near future!
  10. lepeos macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2012
    So how do you use the whole second screen thing and what shows support it?
  11. rootyb macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2009
    I feel like I'm taking crazy pills. My iPad Netflix app has automatically queued up and played the next episode of a TV show for as long as I can remember.

    Hell, usually, it doesn't even finish the credits before playing the next episode.

    Am I losing my mind?
  12. FirePhantom macrumors member


    Mar 22, 2011
    England, United Kingdom, Europe
  13. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I like that it automatically plays the next episode and then stops a minute or two into the second episode that it automatically plays... It's good for keeping track of time and realizing "already watched two episodes - time to do something productive."
  14. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    AirPlay support would be great, for those of us who travel. Yeah, no, I didn't think so...
  15. tonyr6 macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2011
    Brooklyn NY
    I hate the stupid auto play feature. Was ticked of when the PS3 and then the Windows 8 app added it now the iPhone app has it. Thad is one advantage of the Roku that it does not have it.

    I rarely watch episodes of the same series after each other. At least give us a option in your account to turn off this annoyance. I like opening sequence and the end credits. Remember when TV networks use to do that.
  16. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    The is a way to tell it not to do that On the PS3 I think its the triangle button
  17. Bill Killer macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2011
    Just in time for an Arrested Development rewatch before the new season drops.
  18. SeanMcg macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2004
    I was just reading something about "binge viewing" and how it is starting to have an effect on TV programming. As more original content is developed for the Internet, like Arrested Development, House of Cards, and Hemlock Grove, people now have the option to take an entire weekend to watch an entire new series in one day or weekend. No waiting for it to come out each week, or after it has been broadcast on a weekly schedule and then released in digital form of some sort.

    If people do it for any movie series with multiple installments, why not a "TV" show? Thinking about it, I kinda wish there were playlists in Netflix to allow you to do the same thing with movies. The pause button is always there when Mother Nature, hunger, or the significant other calls.
  19. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Exactly. People got spoiled by the selection of discs by mail, which allowed them to offer any dvd that was commercially available without needing to negotiate contract rights.

    For a streaming service, there's a ton of great TV content and an OK movie selection. People complain it's not enough, but I have yet to see anyone suggest an alternative that has unlimited streaming at that price with a better selection (or really, at any price).
  20. lepeos macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2012

    Something tells me you don't need to worry too much about that last one
  21. SeanMcg macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2004
    Wow! Are you the same psychic that said Amanda Berry was dead?
  22. Tiger8 macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    Indie / Foreign movies selection is great
  23. michaelant macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2006
    I'd like the auto-play feature on the PS3 if it didn't cut off the last few seconds of whatever you're watching before jumping to the next episode. It's fine if it's just credits, but some shows have a punchline at the very end after credits, and you miss it. Hitting the circle button doesn't work because it backs you out; you still miss the end, even though it doesn't skip to the next.
  24. jw2002 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2008
    Is there a way to permanently disable the post auto-play? I don't like having to tell Netflix every single time to NOT play the next episode when I'm trying to watch the credits of the episode that just ended.

    And similarly, I've noticed that with streaming that sometimes Netflix inserts previews instead of playing what I asked to play. NO THANK YOU. They need a way to permanently disable such previews as well.
  25. ArmCortexA8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Terra Australis
    Good old Net****z - another pointless overpriced, DRM laced piece of software where people pay to watch material because they want "convenience". I hate streaming services, wont accept any DRM measures, and prefer physical copies of blu-ray movies, instead of having to have a large downloaded quota which they expect me to pay on top of to access their fee based service - talk about a con job.

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