Netflix is said to provide users with the ability to customize the video playback speed by adding controls to its Android app. Modes will be offered 0.5x, 0.75x, 1.25x and 1.5x. These playback options will also be available for viewing content offline.
The playback speed will not become a constant parameter, so an appropriate slowdown or speedup will need to be selected for each individual video. The feature is expected to arrive tomorrow and will be rolled out around the world in the coming weeks.
According to Keela Robison, Netflix VP of Product Innovation, this feature has been highly requested by users over the years. Last year, the company announced for the first time that it would add playback controls to its Android app, which means it took almost a year to develop.
It can be assumed that the principle of operation will be similar to YouTube, where acceleration algorithms try to preserve the pitch, that is, the natural sound of the voice. However, one difference can already be noticed: YouTube offers a wider range of deceleration and acceleration, up to 4 and 2 times, respectively.
In the future, new playback speed controls will also become available to users of Apple products and web browsers, as Netflix is about to begin testing the feature in its iOS app and the web version of the app.
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