10 useful things that you probably don’t know Netflix can do

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The end of the year is when we count our blessings: family, friends… and almost unlimited movies and tv for $10.99 per month.

Netflix is a powerful tool for the survival of the chaos of December. You can watch movies while traveling. You can set up Christmas specials for the kiddies. You can tame bickering family members with a favorite family flick.

And with a bit of tinkering, you can make your Netflix experience even better. First, make sure that you connection speed is up to par. Click here to test the speed of your internet connection by using Netflix free tool.

Here are a number of clever tricks for getting the most out of your Netflix experience. Many users are surprised at how flexible the platform is, once they learn a few tricks. If you haven’t much fiddled with your Netflix options, get ready to the service in a whole new way.

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1. Download movies and shows

This might be the biggest decision Netflix has made since the beginning of the streaming revolution. Now you can download certain movies and programs from the library and save it to your laptop, tablet or phone. The Netflix app makes this easy: Just press “Download”, and the device saves the movie to watch later. Do you want to see how exactly how to do that? Click here for steps and screenshots.

2. Set up multiple profiles

If you have children, you may already have two profiles: one for adults and another that is family-friendly. But you can create other profiles, so that your preferences and search history remain unique to your tastes. Simply click on the Switch Accounts and you will see the option Add Profile.

This is especially useful when multiple family members want to use the same account for different devices. But it’s not just Netflix. Click here to learn how you your secrets safe on Amazon, Google and Facebook.

3. Sift through Netflix’s weird subcategories

It almost sounds like an urban myth: Netflix has a number of subcategories, film-types that you never thought anyone would be able to identify, such as “Steamy Sci-Fi and Fantasy” and “World of Music

Concerts.” Users realized that they can have certain codes in Netflix URL and discover the very specific cinematic genres. Click here if you want a list of categories.

Different buffs have decoded the Netflix system, but a simple one is Secret Codes.

4. Choose a film at random via Netflix Roulette

Some people spend an hour a day sifting through the endless Netflix options and still come up with nothing. (The writer Douglas coupland’s called “option paralysis.”) Wouldn’t it be better to just leave your decision up to fate? That is the reason why the internet loves Netflix Roulette, a site that your favourite genres, actors and directors, and do you know of a movie in random order. Satisfy any mood, without even thinking about it.

5. The delete browsing history

Some of the movies that we like to see in groups. Others we want to see alone. Whether your guilty pleasure is “Gigli” or “Last Tango in Paris,” you may not want everyone to know what your cinematic tastes. That is the reason why Netflix makes it easy to hide certain selections from your profile so no one can see what you have viewed. You can find this option under Your Account.

6. Hacking Netflix

Not long ago there was a site with the name “A Better Queue,” so that you are able to cut through all the unknown and poorly rated films that clutter Netflix. That site went under, but the Hacking of Netflix continues to be a great source: You can find regular updates on new movies and TV shows added to the catalogue.

Despite the aggressive name, the Hacking of Netflix is nothing nefarious; it’s a news site who religiously set new releases.

7. Netflix Enhancer

This handy add-on works only in Google Chrome, but it definitely deserves the title. Amplifier you can hover over a film with your mouse and immediately view the trailers and read the reviews. The immediacy of the Amp saves you the trouble of looking up background information on YouTube and Rotten Tomatoes.

8. Maximize video quality

Most people are happy with Netflix the quality of the photo, or they are now watching movies on their phone or on a widescreen TV. But what if you could improve the resolution?

It turns out that you can, and pretty easy, as long as you have a strong Wi-Fi connection. Just access Your Account and go to Playback Settings and there you will find a option that allows you to the quality of the picture on “High”.

9. Goes international

This is a common shocker: People in foreign countries, bring their iPads along. They arrive at their hotel, log in to Wi-Fi and access to Netflix. But wait! What are all the weird movies?

Each country has its selection of films and TV, and many mainstays of AMERICAN entertainment are not included. How to solve it? Subscribe to Mediahint, which allows you to “unblock content” almost everywhere on the globe.

10. Avoid spoilers with Flix

If you use Google Chrome and hate to ruin movie endings, you could try Flix Plus. It can block text and images of your screen, that would reveal too much about a certain movie or show.

After all, there is nothing worse than watching “A Christmas Prince” for the first time and learn that Richard is actually… oh, wait, you only have to download and see.

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