Netflix, the king of all VOD services, is available in more than 120 countries worldwide. Although the company tries its best to personalize their service as per the region, it’s not entirely possible to cater to everyone’s tastes and preferences. At present, Netflix lacks many basic features which would have made Netflix more friendly. We have been paying Netflix fee for its service but not many of us make use of it to the fullest.
However, that’s barely an issue. The Chrome web store is replete with Netflix-centric extensions. These Netflix extensions or plugins are sure to augment your overall Netflix experience by adding more functionality and enabling you to contrive its interface to suit your needs. Many developers have put lots of hard work to make your Netflix experience more pleasurable. We’ve picked out the best Netflix chrome extensions which work with the latest Netflix UI.
The Best Chrome Extensions For Netflix You Should Try
Super Netflix is one of the most popular Netflix chrome extension that boasts of a 4+ rating. It offers a bunch of tools, mainly surrounding video speed and quality. You can manually adjust the video quality, change the video speed rate, blur out certain information about the content to avoid spoilers, and upload custom subtitles if required. Though this may not sound very interesting, it does come in handy in several situations.
You can ask your family member to stop YouTube’ing and increase your video quality when otherwise Netflix would automatically decrease it. You could slow down the video speed and watch the content in slo-mo when trying to learn a new language. You could haze out title descriptions to get rid of pesky spoilers. The extension also lets you increase or decrease brightness/contrast to improve the colour that appears on your screen. The uses are manifold.
2. Fix Plus by Lifehacker
Developed by one of the most well-reputed developers in the industry (Lifehacker), Fix Plus embellishes your Netflix browsing experience rather than making any actual changes in the interface. This Netflix chrome extension offers as many as 18 tweaks that can be enabled or disabled independently, as and when required.
You can scan through Netflix’s recommendations more efficiently by fading out titles that you’ve watched or hide an entire category. You could stow away any content information containing spoilers and set different functions for various keys to control the media player or navigate the website, for example, Press L to display a list.
What’s more? You can also retrieve detailed information about a particular title from sources like Amazon, IMDB, and Wikipedia, highlight movies & shows that will soon exit Netflix, and move the “My List” tab to the very top of your homepage. Find the entire list of features by installing the extension, then right-clicking and selecting “options”.
As the name suggests, FindFlix is an open-source Netflix extension that helps you to unscramble the “hidden” categories on Netflix. This makes content discovery a much faster process because you can select from over 7500 niche categories that you otherwise wouldn’t find on the site. All you have to do is start typing a genre or niche that interests you and you’ll find a list of all the relevant categories in a drop-down menu format. To give you an idea, a few of the categories available in this plugin are “Dark Comedies”, “African-American Romance”, “Kids’ Fitness”, and “Critically acclaimed Action & Adventure Movies”.
The developers have thoughtfully curated these sub-genres to cut all the time it takes to scan through broader categories. So if you’re looking for something more specific and want to avoid spending time browsing content, this is a must-have.
Enhancer does exactly what its name suggests; it enhances your Netflix experience to a great extent by offering you a ton of tweaks. These tweaks let you watch show trailers, IMDB/Simkl ratings, reveal hidden categories (approximately 27,000), and sync all your TV & mobile Netflix history to Simkl to watch your favourites across platforms.
Aside from the aforementioned, you may also grey out titles that you’ve already watched using your watch history on Simkl, choose a TV series or movie randomly to stream on Netflix with controls to narrow them down.
The best part? This extension is meant not only for Netflix but also for Hulu and Crunchyroll, so if you have an account for either of those two, you’re in luck. Note that in order to use all the features, you’ll need to create an account on Simkl.
If you have kids in your house, this can prove to be a highly valuable extension. You might have already figured what this extension does base on its name but just to elucidate further, it beeps out not only the audio but also parts of the subtitle which the plugin deems inappropriate for the younger audience. The best part is that you can edit the profanity word list manually because technology isn’t always accurate when it comes to word detection. Also, its pre-loaded set of profanity words is quite limited. Furthermore, you could also alter the speed of filtering (how quickly the word/phrase is censored).
In order to use this Netflix chrome extension, you must ensure that your subtitles are on/enabled and that you’ve added the profanity words beforehand, in the “language” section of the subtitles.
Netflix Party is an extremely unique and fun plugin that enables users to enjoy a movie night with friends or family, albeit, virtually. Confused? Well, it basically synchronizes the playback of whatever video you decide to watch and allows you to add group chat. So for those who have friends in far-off lands, or are in a long-distance relationship, this can be a very useful feature that would make you feel like you’re watching the movie together, in spite of not actually being in the same room.
How it works is that once you’ve installed the extension, you’ll have to open the selected title to the queue. Then, all you have to do is start or join a Netflix Party by clicking on the “NP” icon adjacent to the address bar.
Chrome extensions are a great way to aggrandize your web experience as they allow for customization and added functionality. So if you use Netflix on a regular basis, do give the above-mentioned Netflix chrome extensions a try. They’re fun, and they’re available for free. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Netflix keeps rolling out fresh UI every now and then so many of the current extensions may not work in the future. But don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated on that!