https://ew.com/tv/2019/10/28/netflix-speed-binge/What if you could watch every episode of Breaking Bad and Stranger Things 50 percent faster?
That’s a feature that Netflix is quietly testing, and it’s quickly drawn a big backlash from Hollywood creatives.
First noted by Android Police, savvy mobile users of the streaming service spotted a new feature on the Netflix Android app that allowed subscribers to speed up (or slow down) playback without muting the volume (to playback speeds 0.5x, 0.75x, 1.0x, 1.25x or 1.5x, respectively).
Okay, so the same feature you get with Youtube, DVD players and DVRs, Got it! What's the downside?
Actually, you don't 'give' use shit. Last I checked, you get paid. Why do you care how fast or slow we privately decide to view it?The first-blush response from industry creatives, however, was not good. Turns out filmmakers don’t like the idea of viewers watching their painstakingly crafted work on Chimpmunks mode.
Filmmaker Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), who also co-created the Netflix series Love, tweeted this threat: “Don’t make me have to call every director and show creator on Earth to fight you on this. Save me the time. I will win but it will take a ton of time. Don’t f— with our timing. We give you nice things. Leave them as they were intended to be seen.”
And here you are trying to completely take control of my viewing pleasure. This isn't forcing anything on anyone, it's just giving them a choice.Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, who is reprising his acclaimed role in the Netflix movie El Camino, slammed the move: “Stop … There is NO WAY @netflix will move forward with this. That would mean they are completely taking control of everyone else’s art and destroying it. Netflix is far better than that. Am I right Netflix?”
Will you likewise fight Youtube, and most all DVR and DVD players?Director Peyton Reed (Ant-Man) tweeted: “This is a terrible idea, and I and every director I know will fight against it.”
What a fucking drama queen. The 3:4 aspect ratio of old tv's must have had you in tears.Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol) tweeted it was “another spectacularly bad idea” and “another cut to the already bleeding-out cinema experience”.
Squared.Director Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) tweeted: “Does everything have to be designed for the laziest and most tasteless?”
The comments in the article are cute. Seems there's about 3 out of 300 that actually think Netflix is in the wrong.