Netflix Testing 'Random Episode' Button for the Times When You Can't Decide What to Watch

Netflix has begun testing a new feature on mobile that allows select users to "Play a Popular Episode" of certain TV shows, without having to scroll through and pick which one they want to watch. As spotted by Android Police, the test only appears to be on the Android app as of now.

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Additionally, users have noticed that in the playback controls of a TV show, there is a new "Random Episode" button. With this feature you would be able to shuffle around within the TV show you're already watching, which would be useful for people who watch their favorite shows repeatedly and don't necessarily need to see everything in order.

As with all tests, it's unclear if Netflix will ever launch these features to a wide audience on both Android and iOS devices, or other platforms. If you're on Android, the random episode test is on v7.6.0 build 19 34157 of the Netflix Android app.

Netflix will be gaining competition in the streaming market later this year when Apple TV+ and Disney+ launch, but the company has said that it isn't worried about these launches because of the "differing nature" of the content on offer. The company is also ramping up original content production, which means a price hike to $12.99/month for the popular HD streaming plan for all users beginning in May.

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8 months ago
If you can’t decide what to watch on your own, go outside or read a book.
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8 months ago
I could see the value of "I just want to watch something" and have Netflix pick a random episode of a popular TV show. At least then it is kind of like the old days of channel surfing ... But having me pick the show and then choosing a random episode seems weird. If I knew what show I wanted to watch, wouldn't I watch it in order?
Rating: 8 Votes
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8 months ago
Yet still no „already watched“ button
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8 months ago

I could see the value of "I just want to watch something" and have Netflix pick a random episode of a popular TV show. At least then it is kind of like the old days of channel surfing ... But having me pick the show and then choosing a random episode seems weird. If I knew what show I wanted to watch, wouldn't I watch it in order?

Seems good for sitcom shows like Friends where you don't care about the order.
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8 months ago

Yeah.... Tell me what to watch. Then tell me what to eat, wear, where to live, and finally who to vote for. No thanks, if I can't make a decision, I can just turn it off and do something worthwhile.

Relax pal, every music player has a shuffle button too. Its not some giant conspiracy. Also your point if counter intuitive.....you can still make a decision.... NOT USE THE DAMN SHUFFLE BUTTON.
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I could see the value of "I just want to watch something" and have Netflix pick a random episode of a popular TV show. At least then it is kind of like the old days of channel surfing ... But having me pick the show and then choosing a random episode seems weird. If I knew what show I wanted to watch, wouldn't I watch it in order?

No....there are tons of older shows that have zero need to be in order. The top ones that pop into my mind are nearly every Star Trek series, The Office, Friends......there are plenty of shows this would be useful for and I've wanted a shuffle feature for years. Sometimes I want to watch a show but spend 5-10 minutes figuring out which episode.
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8 months ago
How about signing licensing deals so Netflix has something I would want to watch?

Or you know the star rating system when their recommendation system actually worked?
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8 months ago
If it was truly random show this would probably be fun. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had their algorithm actually pop something I wanted to see that I handn’t already though. A random episode within a series is stupid though. That only works for stuff like mythbusters and friends.
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8 months ago

So many books. Which one? ;)

If you can't choose, maybe it's time to watch something random on Netflix.
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8 months ago

Or how about an option for pin protected profiles.

The above should have been implemented long ago.
And along with the above blocking certain contain from ever appearing.
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8 months ago
About bloody time but their implementation is goofy. Why oh why are they so incompetent?

If they manage to implement it properly though how many times will it recommend crap and you’ll just end up whacking on the button like tv channel hopping?

They should also have a filter button as the last thing I want is some man on man action springing to life on my tv thanks.
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