1. Watch Earlier In The Day For Better Quality
Knowing how to stream movies in HD only matters if you’re actually getting HD. According to Digital Trends, one factor influences video quality above all others:
“As we experimented with Netflix quality, we discovered that the biggest factor influencing stream quality is time of day, and whether that time falls under typical peak hours for watching. Getting HD at 9 in the evening, for example is next to impossible, let alone 1080p Super HD.”
2. Use “My List” To Keep Track Of What’s Expiring
Netflix releases a list of the titles expiring every month, but it can be hard to keep track of everything you need to watch before it’s gone.
An easy way to keep track of everything is by adding those expiring titles on your “My List.” Once in “My List,” the expiration date of the movie will show up underneath. Additionally, there are a variety of sources that keep a full list of what’s leaving the site and when.
3. Binge Like A God By Eliminating Horizontal Scrolling
The Netflix “God Mode” is about to make you see the light … or at least see more movies that you want to watch. Though it’s not affiliated with Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this is a bookmarklet that eliminates the sideways scrolling.
After dragging the button to your bookmarks bar, you can use it to see a bunch of movies at once, rather than scrolling through them a few dozen times and just re-watching “OITNB,” which, really, you’ll probably do anyway.
4. Change Subtitles To Actually See What People Are Saying
Subtitles are an integral and underrated aspect of the viewing experience. But if you can’t understand them, there’s really no point. Rather than suffer in silence not knowing the exact manner in which Benedict Cumberbatch is eating his breakfast, Netflix allows you to adjust your subtitles and captions.
To make changes, head to your account and click on “Subtitle Appearance” in the “My Profile” section. Once in there, you can change font size, style and even color. Netflix’s help page covers other settings you can change as well.
5. Find The Top Movies
Sometimes after a few hours on Netflix, you start to think to yourself, “Hmm, I should really watch something soon.” Rather than mindlessly scrolling, a variety of resources make it easy to find the best stuff on Netflix. One in particular with a lot of features is WhatIsOnNetflix.com. This lists the streamable titles’ ratings on IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic; lets you see what’s new; and will even randomly pick out a movie for you.
6. Or Watch Something That’s More Specific To You If you want to look up specific types of genres on Netflix, WhatsOnNetflix has a solution. Just search by the category ID numbers:
“How this works is you grab the url from the Netflix search page:
Simply insert the number of the specific category you want to view.”
The WhatsOnNetflix website lists the codes for the different categories you can browse, which include Cult TV Shows (74652), Romantic Independent Movies (9916) and even Deep Sea Horror Movies (45028). Korean TV Shows is 67879, by the way.
7. Clearing Your History Finally Got Easier
Tired of people being shocked by your Netflix history? Previously, the streaming service made you create and delete extra accounts or even start your account over to clear your viewing history.