Netflix Launches New 'Play Something' Shuffle Feature

Netflix today announced the launch of a new "Play Something" option that's designed to play content on the streaming service based on user habits.


The feature gives people who log into Netflix and aren't sure what they want to view an option to get to content quickly without endless scrolling.

There are times when we just don't want to make decisions. A Friday evening after a long work week. A fridge full of food but nothing jumps out. A family movie night where no one can agree. We've all been there.

Sometimes you just want to open Netflix and dive right into a new story. That's why we've created Play Something, an exciting new way to kick back and watch.

Netflix says that Play Something will offer a new series or film that's similar to something you've watched before, an episode or film you've seen but might want to watch again if it's been a long time, a series or film on your watch list, or an episode from a show that you've started but haven't finished.


Play Something can be accessed from the login screen when you're choosing a profile, from the main home screen, or from the navigation menu.

Netflix has been testing this feature with some users for the last several months, but it is now rolling out to everyone.

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Top Rated Comments

contacos Avatar
41 months ago
I can’t imagine having so much time on your hand to „just watch something“ random. I can barely keep up with what I WANT to watch and we have been on lockdown since October with actually nothing to do ?
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Graphikos Avatar
41 months ago
I must have been in the testing phase because this feature has been there for months. Never used it.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BWhaler Avatar
41 months ago
Or, stop spending billions and billions creating too much choice and crappy shows.

Curate great original content and license must-watch-tv. Spend less. Better choices for customers. And no need for spin-the-netflix-wheel-of-content.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
41 months ago
And still no M1 Mac Netflix app. ?
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
darkslide29 Avatar
41 months ago
I am someone who will open Netflix and take so long looking for something that I end up backing out and doing something else instead.

Sounds perfect? Well, I have a feeling I’ll hit this shuffle button, say nope and go back, and repeat this process over and over, not saving me any time.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1258186 Avatar
41 months ago
I’m really not that desperate that I would watch whatever Netflix comes up with. I’d rather switch off the TV and do something else.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)