Netflix for Apple TV Gains 'Up Next' Feature for Automatic Episode Playback

Monday July 21, 2014 1:23 PM PDT by Juli Clover
Netflix for the Apple TV was updated today to add a new "Up Next" feature, which lets users automatically select the next episode of a television show for playback. While easy playback of the next episode in a series has been long available on the web and in the Netflix app for iOS devices, it's been noticeably missing from the Apple TV.

Prior to today's update, Apple TV users were forced to return to the main series menu to initiate the playback of the next episode of a television show, a task that required several extra button clicks. As of today, episodes in a series will play automatically, requiring far less interaction with the Apple TV remote.

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"Play Next Episode" on the Apple TV works similarly to the same feature on iOS devices and on the web, playing the next episode in a series automatically after a short countdown timer. It appears that the countdown timer is only available after a user initiates the "Play Next Episode" feature manually for the first time.

Netflix's new Apple TV feature comes as the company announces its Q2 financial results, with a total 50.05 million subscribers, up from 37.56 million in Q2 2013. Netflix saw $1.34 billion in total revenue during the quarter, with net income of $71 million.

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15 weeks ago


Prior to today's update, Apple TV users were forced to return to the main series menu to initiate the playback of the next episode of a television show, a task that required several extra button clicks. As of today, playing the next episode of a series requires only a single click on the remote as the "Play Next Episode" option pops up as soon as an episode ends.


This has to be the most first world problem paragraph I've ever read.
Rating: 10 Votes
15 weeks ago
YES.

I don't care about automatically playing it but I do mind the extra clicks to go back to the main list of episodes every single time.

I'm actually glad it doesn't automatically play the next episode for you, personally.
Rating: 4 Votes
15 weeks ago

As of today, playing the next episode of a series requires only a single click on the remote as the "Play Next Episode" option pops up as soon as an episode ends.

"Play Next Episode" on the Apple TV is slightly different from the playback feature on iOS devices and on the web, which begin playing the next episode in a series automatically after a short countdown timer. The Apple TV still requires user interaction to play a new episode.


It does play the next episode without user interaction... in fact, it seems to play the next episode too early for me so I can't watch the last few seconds of anything now.
Rating: 4 Votes
15 weeks ago

I hate this feature so much on iPad. Is there a way to turn it off on aTV? Thankfully I don't have it on my older Roku although if they ever update to add profiles I fear they'll likely add that too.


Why? If you don't want to play the next episode, don't select "Play next episode."

Personally I think it's a great feature.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 weeks ago
I keep mine turned off on the Roku. It's annoying.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 weeks ago
I hate this 'feature' on PS3. (fortunately you can turn it off via the Netflix website)

You can't even dwell on the end of an episode / film anymore without being instantly kicked out of the moment by the screen shrinking to a tiny size and it force feeding you more TV / Films.

I'd love an option to 'let the credits roll'
Rating: 3 Votes
15 weeks ago

This has to be the most first world problem paragraph I've ever read.

Pretty much applies to all of Netflix in general, or much of personal computing overall really.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 weeks ago
Up next works like crap too. Keeps popping up and then switching waaaay before an episode is over and you have to hit menu to stop it. I hate it.
Rating: 3 Votes
15 weeks ago
I don't want to sound harsh but IT SUCKS. This new "feature" SUCKS. It goes perfectly with their new logo.

Example: I'm watching Hemlock Grove, the episode has six minutes left. SIX MINUTES! Not just six minutes of credits but six minutes of the story. And suddenly "up next" appears and moves on to the next episode. WTF?

So after my confusion, I now I have reach for the apple remote and click back over to the show "box" and then click on the show to resume full screen before the countdown to the next episode.

Amazing work netflix, just like the twitter app, you keep striving for excellence. And by excellence, I mean ****** UI

/facts
Rating: 2 Votes
15 weeks ago
I was watching Orange is the New Black and it switched to a new episode when there was still 10 minutes left in the episode that I had been watching. I had to go back to my menu, restart the show I had been watching and when it started playing the show window went to 1/3 size. They badly need to refine this feature and make sure it doesn't try to start a new show before the credits roll on the old show.
Rating: 2 Votes

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