Netflix Tests Pop-Out Picture-in-Picture Player on Desktop

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Netflix is testing a new pop-out picture-in-picture feature that's designed to let Netflix users watch videos in a small floating box that hovers above other applications, reports Engadget.

    The pop-out player allows users to click a small icon at the bottom of the screen. Once the pop-out window appears, it can be resized and positioned anywhere on a computer's display.

    Image via Engadget​

    The pop-out player is designed to stay on top of whatever else you're doing on your computer, and it can be closed by clicking the X in the player, choosing Back to Browse, or closing the Netflix tab. Subtitles are not currently supported in the pop-out browser.

    Netflix appears to be testing the feature with a limited number of users at the current time, and Netflix has yet to announce the feature. Netflix did confirm to Engadget that the pop-out player is "only a test" in an image, so it's not clear when and if the player will roll out to additional users.

    Article Link: Netflix Tests Pop-Out Picture-in-Picture Player on Desktop
  2. Unity451 macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2011
  3. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    they could maybe make a macOS app so I don't accidentally close Netflix everytime I CMD+Q Chrome.
  4. 19SK91 macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2014
    I just use a bookmark to activate PiP pretty much everywhere - including Netflix.
  5. Jakexb macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2014
    If they’d just use macOS native video streaming they’d get this for free
  6. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Already have an Safari Extension that does it for me. A little slow, Netflix....
  7. Zenithal macrumors G3

    Sep 10, 2009
    Pretty sure I have an extension that does this. I don't use it much because I have dual monitors for my main computer. Also, it's more useful, PiP that is, for YouTube.
  8. szw-mapple fan macrumors 68000

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    Netflix on Desktop Safari can already do this. Just trigger it with PiPfier.
  9. aaronhead14 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2009
    Netflix needs to start supporting 4K streaming on the Mac. It’s long overdue.

    Also you can already do this with the Google Picture in Picture extension for Chrome.
  10. OzyOly macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2009
    Melbourne, AU
    Exactly. One click on the Touch Bar and I have PiP for Netflix.
  11. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    Exactly! The need to do proprietary things annoys me. They’re not even a software company.
  12. Arran, Jun 22, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2019

    Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    Multitasking is a myth.

    This is just a way to do stuff badly: You're not working on your "other applications" effectively, nor are you really "getting into" your movie. It says to me that Netflix doesn't think its content is worth your time.

    I don't get the point.
  13. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    No, No, No, No..

    I absolutely hate how website think what best for everyone with pop out players... Its a way to shift attention to say "spend all the attention on me"

    Although it can be closed, just like bundled malware downloads develops think that's ok as long as give people options to not install the malware, totally overlooks the point why you brand something 'open source'

    Similarly, the pop out may be a good feature for Netflix, i even cringe when i see it on smart tv's too.. so meh.!

    This businesses of "as long as we give people options, we can do what we like" is bad behavior.

    I get pop outs may be useful, but only if your actually watching it only, which may as well be embedded anyway since it the only things your starring at. I really don't understand how people can jump their eyes all over the place, and more importantly "stay focused"
  14. bd700pilot macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2018
    Android already does this, at least on the Samsung phones. Wish ios could.
  15. lederermc macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2014
    WTF: Their Apple TV is such a piece of crap and they waste time on this?
  16. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    England, UK, Europe
    I'm guessing Netflix'll start doing this if/when they bring their app to macOS via Apple's Project Catalyst.
  17. TotalMacMove macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2013
    This is a good way to procrastinate on workflow. Unless you’re that good at multi tasking!
  18. Trhodezy macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2010
    macOS Catalina now allows QuickTime to have PIP, too.

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