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Netflix testing variable playback speeds

Testing different options on a small group of Android users

Netflix has been testing new technology that allows Android phone users to play videos at a variety of different speeds, from 0.5x (half as fast) to 1.5x.

It’s thought the reasoning behind the test is to enable users to change the speed of their video when watching content such as documentaries or stand-up comedy specials.

A Netflix spokesperson confirmed the test to Variety: “We’re always looking for new ways to help our fans enjoy content they love, so we’re testing playback speed options on mobile devices. Our tests generally vary in how long they run for and in which countries they run in, and they may or may not become permanent features on our service.”

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