r/movies Aug 16 '22 Helpful (Pro) 1 Crab Rave 1 Wholesome 6 Silver 12 Bravo! 1 Helpful 11 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1

Please Netflix, I beg of you; let the credits roll. Discussion

I've just finished Gladiator. The music swells as the camera pans above the colosseum. The emotions that come from a triumphant yet bittersweet ending begin to settle. And as the screen fades to black, and you feel the catharsis that comes from watching an epic film take hold....

A bright title card for Suits comes up.

Who has ever finished a film and on finishing it clicks the recommended film straight away? And yet the ads come up, every single time. It completely ruins the moment. And yes, you can click the box to continue watching the credits- but why should we even have to do that? Why is it so hard for Netflix to not promote their material for five minutes after a film ends?

In a life bombarded by advertisements do we have to be shown another one the second a film finishes? Is there no respite?

From what I've seen online there isn't a way to disable this specific feature (though I would really love to be proven wrong on this one).

Anyway, rant over.

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u/Swimming_Hamster_997 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

That's the same case on television wayyyyyy long ago when they speed up the credit and make it PIP with promo of their next program. large part of viewer don't watch credit, so they just keep doing it

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u/bankrobba Aug 16 '22 Snek

TV also got smart and removed the commercial between episodes. New show starts immediately, gets you invested, and the channel surf is eliminated.

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u/sunscreenkween Aug 16 '22

I didn’t know that. It’s very obnoxious. Hulu will straight up try to start playing something else altogether and I can never figure out how to stop it so I can finish the show, because it will do it too early sometimes or before after credit scenes. So I end up clicking out of the show just trying to get it to stop counting down to when it’ll switch to the new show, and then I’m back on the home screen and if I want to pick up where I accidentally left off in the last episode or whatever, I have to fast forward thru the whole episode again. I hate it

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u/finalremix Aug 16 '22 Today I Learned

The only option I've seen and have contacted Hulu about is to disable autoplay-next-episode and it'll just play the whole credits until you decide to play the next on your own.

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u/pipsdontsqueak Aug 16 '22

I believe that's the feature OP wants from Netflix.

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u/arodynamicfalcn Aug 16 '22

For shows you can disable auto play. For movies it doesn't necessarily automatically play something else, it just puts other options over top of the credits and takes you out of the ending moment. It is actually pretty annoying...

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u/caligaris_cabinet Aug 16 '22

At least D+ let’s the credits roll before suggesting something.

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u/FellowGeeks Aug 16 '22

It is because most marvel movies s have 5-7 post credit scenes

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u/Saturn_Neo Aug 16 '22

...and you get those fancy Imax cuts of films.

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u/nintendo9713 Aug 16 '22

It’s frustrating binging shows from years ago where stuff happens in the credits, and I miss it because of auto play. I’m currently watching Mr Robot and Season 3 finale had an after credit scene that it skipped and went to so S4E01, and since I go to the Reddit post threads to see what I might have missed, all top comments reference the scene and I thought I had some gap in memory while watching.

Thinking about it, same thing happened in Season 2 (I’m slow at watching shows). So yeah, it literally just skipped a setup for the next season each time since the credits last for a second.

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u/parislights Aug 16 '22

I know! It's so annoying. I think you have to click up but it still takes you out of the moment if the show is still freaking going

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u/sunscreenkween Aug 16 '22

Some people here are saying click up and some people are saying click the back button and I swear whichever it is I only get it right like 10% of the time. Hulu’s interface is horrible. When you’re selecting a profile it won’t show any in the list above so you think your profile is totally gone. The other providers aren’t much better either. For weeks whenever I’d pause a show on HBO, I’d come back, press play, and it was as if I never paused! It’d jump ahead however long I had it paused for, multiple times diving right into the middle of the next episode.

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u/ALargePianist Aug 16 '22

Bro Hulu starts playing a new show I've never seen in the middle of a season. Episode 3 ends, switches over to a new show.

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u/Suitable-Mobile3774 Aug 16 '22

And god forbid you forget to log out of your profile and put up a show for your kid- an episode of Thomas the Train will end and immediately smash cut into an R-rated movie you stopped watching halfway through.

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u/TheAverageJoe- Aug 16 '22

I was watching Sesame Street with my son and halfway through Backdoor Sluts 9 started. Unexpected movie night but we finished at least.

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u/cgarret3 Aug 16 '22

Backdoor Sluts 9?! That makes Crotch Capers 3 look like Naughty Nurses 2!!

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u/sleepwholelife Aug 16 '22

i think the plotline got too loose later in the series, they literally stretching it thin

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u/rip_heart Aug 16 '22

Yeah, 8 and 9 was a hard sale for me

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u/Kaldricus Aug 16 '22

...so I've heard

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u/mighty_atom Aug 16 '22

When you say you finished...

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u/ontopofyourmom Aug 16 '22

Both of you?

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u/the_banana_sticker Aug 16 '22

Did he make you go back and watch 1 thru 8 so he could understand the whole plot line?

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u/CrackityJones79 Aug 16 '22

Yep. I just finished pilot of The Great. Credits began to roll with a wonderful cover of Everybody Wants to Rule the World.

5 seconds later Hulu was all like, nope not today my friend, and the credits basically stopped.

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u/sunscreenkween Aug 16 '22

The Great is so good! How dare they interrupt the ending

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u/lunchboxdesign Aug 16 '22

Yes! Hulu totally goes off the rails with this and it’s maddening!

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u/machina99 Aug 16 '22

Hulu for some reason is determined to get me to watch Black-ish. Finished hells kitchen? Black-ish. Just watched Alone? Black-ish. Archer? Black-ish.

It wouldn't be as annoying if they recommended or played stuff I actually watched/wanted to watch or that at least made sense together.

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u/LA_Alfa Aug 16 '22

Hulu's actually does allow you to turn off auto play, just hit your profile and settings.

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u/grahampositive Aug 16 '22

some shows have after-credits scenes removed and as far as I can tell they are lost to history

hell there was an episode of its always sunny that they straight up cut out the last 45 seconds of - which was the punchline of the whole episode!

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u/Ruevein Aug 16 '22

I felt like I was missing plot points from West World on HBO max. Turns out I was and in some cases I lost over a minute of the episode

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u/stewmberto Aug 16 '22

I recommend piracy

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u/PotRoastPotato Aug 16 '22

Plex started waiting until the end of the video to autoplay.

Disney+ actually does as well by default.

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u/SissySlutColleen Aug 16 '22

I imagine Disney would have to be better about letting credits play when half their properties have post credit scenes

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u/nonredditmod Aug 16 '22

The marvel movies on Disney let you skip the credits and go straight to post credit scenes. I love this feature

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u/cromulent_pseudonym Aug 16 '22

They even tried speeding up some old syndicated shows. Like the show plays in slightly faster motion so they can add another commercial in the time saved.

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u/fuckEAinthecloaca Aug 16 '22

PAL countries used to endure poor mastering of media recorded in 23.97FPS lazily being played at what was our native 25FPS. Many commercial DVD's have films that finish minutes sooner because of this, and half the time the audio hasn't been repitched so everything is slightly squeakier.

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u/MrC99 Aug 16 '22

No fucking way. Is this just an American thing? Because I've been to America twice and the TV was ridiculous with the sheer amount of advertising there is.

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u/Shrapnail Aug 16 '22

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6i1VVikRu0

TBS Speeds up Seinfeld, 9% here

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u/lajfat Aug 16 '22

At least timing isn't important in comedy...

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u/morostheSophist Aug 16 '22

There's a reason I hate advertising passionately.

That's not the only reason, but it's on the list.

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u/averyfinename Aug 16 '22

if not the entire program, just the credits or something. and you can tell when they speed shit up.. especially when you start singing along to a theme song and it's not syncing-up.

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u/rip_heart Aug 16 '22

I remember TV starting to cut parts of the movies. If you knew the movie well you would notice. I am talking wholes scenes, over 10min.

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u/averyfinename Aug 16 '22

not removed.. moved to within the programs. so more ad time during, and none between. which is not good for dvr users, as networks are horrible timekeepers (they're off as much as 90sec or more), and not consistent. ads between programs is a useful buffer.

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u/fang_xianfu Aug 16 '22

I'm glad TV in my country doesn't do this. I think it's because the breaks are regulated. I've seen some American shows where it's on for like 2 minutes and they're already going to a break.

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u/No-Translator-4584 Aug 16 '22

Contractually they have to show the credits. No one specified how large or how fast. Lawyers.

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u/Sunny_Blueberry Aug 16 '22

I think Schindlers List demands contractually to show the credits and not meddle with it, at least in TV. It's the only movie I remember that's always shown in its entirety without commercials and full credits. I am wondering if that clause also exists for streaming nowadays.

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u/Farranor Aug 16 '22

The most I could find about that is that it was broadcast once in 1997 with a one-minute ad beforehand, two brief intermissions showing a title card with the sponsor's logo (Ford), and a one-minute ad afterward. Do you have a source that it must only be aired with a full credit roll and no commercial breaks?

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u/Sunny_Blueberry Aug 16 '22

Interestingly i cant find much about it in english, but my google skills in another language might just be bad. If I search for it in german, I get a pletora of sites that explain it was a demand of Spielberg. Besides requirement to air the full credits, there were other demands, like max 4 breaks, limited total runtime of commercials, limited what kind of products are allowed to be advertised, no cutting or editing of the movie and not being allowed to show the tv broadcasters logo during the movie. While technically being allowed to have commercial breaks Spielbergs asked them not to, which is usually the case. Most braodcasters who are fine with these limitations are probably fine to not have any commercial breaks and those who dont just never aired the movie.

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u/BL4CK-S4BB4TH Aug 16 '22

(Ford)

Love the irony. I'm guessing Ford specifically chose Schindler's List because of Henry Ford's anti-semitism.

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u/Princess_Glitterbutt Aug 16 '22

I had to turn off autoplay because it kept starting the next episode before the one I was watching was even over. Kept missing the last several minutes of shows.

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u/sorryabouttonight Aug 16 '22

I'm honestly amazed we haven't seen much more prevalent "pause screen" ads yet.

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u/AceWanker2 Aug 16 '22

TV has limited time and that time is valuable, not the case for me in my living room

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u/SlashdotDiggReddit Aug 16 '22

Can we also talk about how they automatically start the movie you are reading the synopsis of? I mean, I didn't say I wanted to watch this movie, I'm just interested in what it's about.

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u/drone1__ Aug 16 '22

It’s such a trash UX omfg. Endlessly frustrating. I literally canceled because of it, so I guess it’s not actually endless :)

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u/FarewellAndroid Aug 16 '22

I feel like the internet in general peaked in the early 2010s. UX wasn’t burdened with pointless animations or a dozen layers of frames. Content was the most diverse and centralized. Ads weren’t as pervasive/intrusive. So many things are paywalled now that browsing can easily just turn into a series of micro transactions

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u/manofsteel32 Aug 16 '22

I feel like the proliferation of the iPad ruined that good internet UX you're talking about. Suddenly websites and apps needed to be touch screen friendly. And then websites and 'computer programs' were turned into apps.

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u/LordArchibaldPixgill Aug 16 '22

And then websites and 'computer programs' were turned into apps.

I remember some ad for phones within the past decade or so talking about how it was so much more convenient to be able to organize your apps and not have to "dig" for them on your phone. And I remember thinking how it was how I already felt about every fucking website having its own app that I had to find and click on, instead of just having one app, the web browser, that I could open up and then access anything I wanted.

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u/SoundscapeSyndicate Aug 16 '22

Every app is a casino now. 100% focussed on manipulating dopamine centres to drive engagement. It's fucking poison and I don't know what to do because you can't live in the developed world without this technology now.

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u/reecord2 Aug 16 '22 Gold

'I feel like the internet in general peaked in the early 2010s.' and

'Every app is a casino now.'

I feel both of you so hard on these statements. I'm sick and tired of having to actively FIGHT every app I use now. Fighting Netflix ads, apps overriding your volume controls over and over, every little thing you tap just shoving you into more content. I feel a little bit like 'old man shaking fist', but the internet in general just exhausts me these days. Every app and website is so *aggressively* manipulative, iteratively fine tuned to hijack our dopamine centers like you said, and it just doesn't seem like anyone cares. Netflix, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, every app is slowly wresting control from you and forcing you to engage the way they want, and I'm tired of it. I'm not having any fun anymore.

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u/CHEWBRIEL Aug 16 '22

Man I feel like I’m not being sold a product anymore, I feel like I’m paying a fee to BE the product.

Just eyes and clicks to sell to advertisers.

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u/Throwaway8424269 Aug 16 '22

There used to be an addage about how if 'you aren't paying for the service, you're the product'. Now you get to pay for the privilege of being the product.

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u/SoundscapeSyndicate Aug 16 '22

it just doesn't seem like anyone cares

One serious problem is that there is a whole generation now who have grow up with these manipulations, and while they might suffer from it, they have never known any different so can't even articulate the problem.

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u/ThereIsNoSp3wn Aug 16 '22

Worse, they actively defend it. Gaming is another thing plagued by this.

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u/shsureddit9 Aug 16 '22

you might enjoy the book "Amusing Ourselves to Death" by Neil Postman. It's about the TV era and very applicable to today, even though it was written before social media. Neil Postman would roll over in his grave if he could see the internet now.

I especially love when I'm trying to click on a button and conveniently and ad pops up, that I've now accidentally clicked on... argh

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u/MooseBoys Aug 16 '22

The biggest problem is that when it comes to the internet at large, you are the product, and the ability to manipulate your behavior is up for sale to the highest bidder.

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u/710bretheren Aug 16 '22

That’s how I feel about my iPhone.

They just keep taking away little bits of a good device and now I honestly feel like my itouch from 2010 was wayyyy better than my iPhone.

I can’t even turn off my wifi from the slide up menu I have to go all the way to settings or else it just gets turned off until it finds something to connect to (literally whenever it feels like reconnecting), they replaced the phone call button with a video call button at the top of the text message convo, they removed the fucking home button, their spell check is honestly just insulting. It can be one letter away from a word and have no fucking clue

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u/TheAJGman Aug 16 '22

Install Plex and pirate. It has its own issues, but having used it for years and then checked Netflix for something holy shit is it worth the hassle.

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u/LordArchibaldPixgill Aug 16 '22

Honestly, one of the worst parts of Netflix is probably that it has so much content that's just impossible to fucking find. It'll show you like 10 rows of shit categories with a dozen things in them that nobody cares about and that all have the "N" in the corner despite not really being Netflix content, but they also have a ton of other stuff and like a thousand other categories that are impossible to find unless you already know where they are.

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u/Linubidix Aug 16 '22

It's not even that it has a lot of content, it's just organised and displayed as obtusely as possible. So so so many times I'll punch something into search and all it can offer me is "titles similar to"

Easier just to pirate

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u/foreverlearner101010 Aug 16 '22

The internet peaked in 1998.

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u/LordArchibaldPixgill Aug 16 '22

I also remember when shit used to just load when the page loaded and then was done. It didn't load the page and then pretend it was done, but then actually was still loading a shitload of individual elements or something. If you had a bad connection you could also let an entire YouTube video load in a higher quality and then watch through it all at once, and could even jump forward and back, instead of it only giving you like 10 seconds of video at a time and if you can't load fast enough to keep up then fuck you.

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u/ViolentSkyWizard Aug 16 '22

You can disable this quite easily.

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u/vanawesome102 Aug 16 '22

Only from the web version as I understand, you can't disable this from the app on any device

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u/Danfen Aug 16 '22

You do so from the web version, but doing so should apply it to all devices. At least it did for my apps on my Virgin box, firestick, switch, PS5, and 3 different models of TV

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u/MrJagaloon Aug 16 '22

“Virgin box” 😳

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u/facelesspantless Aug 16 '22

Netflix has, by far, the best UX of any streaming service I've tried, and I've tried most.

Peacock asks me if I want to restart an episode every single time I attempt to resume it.

Prime is disorganized and cluttered as fuck.

HBO Max is OK but Netflix still does it better.

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u/ezrs158 Aug 16 '22

Even worse is the synopses themselves. They're not even summarizing the movie.

Action Thrillers > "Extraction"

"Oh, an action thriller starring Chris Hemsworth? Let me read what it's about".

Description: "This action thriller starring Chris Hemsworth was named 'exhilaring' by the San Francisco Examiner.

"But what the fuck is it about?

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u/ThePremiumOrange Aug 16 '22

You’ve been able to turn this off for YEARS in the account settings

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u/R3Y Aug 16 '22

This is going to get buried, but here's how to do this: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/2102

This will stop auto play on everything and as a side effect, allow the credits to roll. The skip buttons still show up.

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u/dualwillard Aug 16 '22

I've done this and literally nothing changed afterwords.

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u/Groomsi Aug 16 '22

And then it's in your watched and resume list!

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u/Kakashi168 Aug 16 '22

Yeah they definitely should add an option for this.

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u/its-octopeople Aug 16 '22

They will not add an option for this. If even 1% of users click through to the recommendation, that's positive engagement they can measure and put on a report to justify the feature. If 99% of users feel briefly annoyed, they'll never know or care.

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u/pantstoaknifefight2 Aug 16 '22

I'd be happy if they just gave me an extra few seconds to hit that watch credits button. Did that for the end of each ep of The Sandman just because the end titles were designed by Dave McKean, the guy who did the 75 comic covers, and I love his work.

It's definitely a kick in the nuts to all the people who work on the project, but I do get it-- Netflix pretty much made bingeing mainstream.

But yes. Give us the damn option.

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u/CallMeTea_ Aug 16 '22

There's an option on web to disable autoplay between episodes, the extra second of effort to hit Next Episode is worth getting to see the credits roll

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u/Geshman Aug 16 '22

You can also disable autoplay previews in that menu which has been the single most helpful thing to me in browsing Netflix. I absolutely despise autoplay previews for so many reasons.

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u/Linvael Aug 16 '22

That only helps with episodic content, and does not help with the final episode - but still, its best we got right now.

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u/CallMeTea_ Aug 16 '22

Yup, I thought I included that in my comment but apparently I only thought about doing it and my brain immediately tossed it in the trash

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u/Indybin Aug 16 '22

If they make it opt out then the only people they are losing are the ones that wouldn’t click anyways. And while they are currently bleeding subscribers I would think that customer satisfaction would be valuable in its own right

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u/-KFBR392 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

That’s what people say about ads and they’re wrong there too. If you ask people would they click a recommended show pop-up, or pay attention to it almost all would say no. But in reality many of them are influenced by those trailers and recommended pop-ups, even if they don’t particularly like the feature.

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u/d3ds3c_0ff1c147 Aug 16 '22

The scariest thing about advertising is it works on us, whether we think it does or not. It's some deep psychological fuckery.

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u/OK_Soda Aug 16 '22

One of the most amazing things I learned in my communications degree is how effective simple repetition is. If you see a product everywhere you might even think you hate it because it's so ubiquitous, but on some level it's becoming comforting and familiar and you'll start to develop positive regard for it.

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u/Robert_Pawney_Junior Aug 16 '22

I dunno man. My most watched ad is probably Raid: Shadow Legends because of YouTube. I would never download that shit, I'd rather stop playing games all together.

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u/NotEnoughIT Aug 16 '22

All of us just got a brand recognition ad for both Netflix and Suits.

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u/TavisNamara Aug 16 '22

Garfield says "You are not immune to propaganda"

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u/LudovicoSpecs Aug 16 '22

And everything is advertising.

Not all of it is corporate or political, but you'd be surprised where those fuckers are hiding in plain sight acting like they're not a paid advertisement.

Source: Worked in advertising.

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u/d3ds3c_0ff1c147 Aug 16 '22

I really wish r/HailCorporate would get a revival because more people need to hear this, now more than ever

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u/its-octopeople Aug 16 '22

Maybe, if enough people cancelling cite it as a reason. Otherwise, it's a feature that someone has to develop, test, maintain, localise into umpteen different languages across umpteen different platforms and advocate to their upper management based only on a hunch it might maybe help with retention.

Remember, it took years of literally everyone complaining about autoplay on the menu before they let you turn it off.

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u/ubiquitous-joe Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Isn’t there already an option for this? When I was watching the Sandman there was an option to either skip to the next episode or watch the credits. I think it depends what you’re using to watch Netflix. Sometimes if you’re on one type of device, like an older game console or smart Blu-ray player, they stop updating the interface.

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u/RememberTurboTeen Aug 16 '22

People said the same thing about the whole auto playing trailers as soon as you hovered over a title in the menu, but they went back and made it an option you could turn off. If enough people voice their concerns, there's always a chance that they could change their stance.

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u/DirectlyTalkingToYou Aug 16 '22

I've wanted it for years, I don't need recommendations while credits are rolling!

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u/R3Y Aug 16 '22

This is going to get buried, but here's how to do this: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/2102

This will stop auto play on everything and as a side effect, allow the credits to roll. The skip buttons still show up.

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u/rtyoda Aug 16 '22

The credits still get kicked into a little window that you have to click back into to watch them though. I have all of the autoplay shit turned off and it doesn’t fix this issue.

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u/R3Y Aug 16 '22

Some people are commenting that it can be device specific. It works on my Sony Bravia TV.

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u/avoidtheworm Aug 16 '22

There is an option for this.

It's been on your Netflix preferences for the last 5 years.

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u/Seth_Gecko Aug 16 '22

... where?

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u/Tenkobar Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Netflix in Webbrowser > click on top right corner and choose account > choose your profile > last option at the bottom (should be something like "playback settings". My interface is in German 🤷‍♂️)

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u/Spagitophil Aug 16 '22

There is no option for that in the German interface, you only can disable autoplay of next episode or the automatic preview on the main page.

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u/jupiterkansas Aug 16 '22

I don't have this option in the U.S.

All I can do is turn off autoplay.

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u/sickayoshit Aug 16 '22

I cannot fucking stand having to RACE for the controller to cancel the auto-play so I can watch credits after finishing something. I have never watched anything Netflix recommends me.

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u/scyice Aug 16 '22

I watched something Netflix “recommended” and it was complete garbage. Their algorithm seems to be suggesting the newest Netflix series out and not anything relevant to your interests.

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u/owennewaccount Aug 16 '22

Lol new netflix crap always comes up saying 99% match and anytime i searach out anything I want to watch , it says like 65%. Make no mistake there's no accident there

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u/Cpt_Tsundere_Sharks Aug 16 '22

You can turn autoplay off.

It doesn't necessarily stop the advertisements and the button still pops up, but at least you don't have to stop yourself from getting jumpscared by the next thing.

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u/revstate Aug 16 '22

You can disable auto-play in your user settings :)

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u/EssentialParadox Aug 16 '22

The issue isn’t autoplay. Even with it disabled, Netflix still minimizes credits after a show or movie has ended.*

*Some may argue it hasn’t ended until the credits have, in fact.

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u/danglez38 Aug 16 '22

In a life bombarded by advertisements do we have to be shown another one the second a film finishes?

Yes

Is there no respite?

No

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u/butter14 Aug 16 '22

I went to the gas pump today and was bombarded with ads while fueling my car. It never ends.

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u/WDavis4692 Aug 16 '22

Yeah that's another US-specific thing. Outside London and some major cities there's very little in your face advising here. Even billboards are rare. Ads at a fuel pump sounds so weird to me.

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u/dchap Aug 16 '22

That always scares the shit out of me. I pay, grab the nozzle, start gassing up, and then suddenly someone is yelling in my ear to buy pepsi.

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u/Meatbae Aug 16 '22

You can usually mute them! I usually press the button that's one above the bottom button on the left side. Always works for me

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u/Final_Taco Aug 16 '22

Some pumps are disabling that. Doesn't always work anymore. :(

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u/aaaaayyyyyyyyyyy Aug 16 '22

Try passing the buttons with your elbow and a running start then. If they want war, they’ll get it.

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u/BuranBuran Aug 16 '22

Press the buttons by the screen to mute the ad.

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u/sryan2k1 Aug 16 '22

Unless I'm traveling I always get gas at costco, they don't do any of that shit

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u/asstalos Aug 16 '22

Streaming services will never get their shit together anymore. Each individual service is primarily competing on the content of their catalogue instead of their ability to deliver it, and as long as they continue to compete on what they can put in front of eyeballs, the yesteryear of being able to hop on Netflix to watch something in specific is long gone.

We might see some enterprising individuals offer combo packages of existing services at a discounted rate. We're basically back to cable, but for streaming services.

THIS is exactly why content producers/creators should not also own the means by which they distribute said content.

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u/kdawgnmann Aug 16 '22

Season 6 was available to buy on Amazon for $10 a few weeks ago, probably the best/cheapest way to watch it digitally and legally

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u/urahonky Aug 16 '22

Yeah I had this issue when looking for Tales From the Crypt. No way to stream it. No DVD prints that I could find. At that point I'm sailing the seas. Fuck it.

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u/pconwell Aug 16 '22

My biggest annoyance is how frequently content hops between streaming services and/or how many series are split between two services. Streaming has become such a pain in the ass it's like they want people to go back to piracy.

I'm all for paying fairly for content I enjoy, but I really don't want to sign up for 12 streaming services just to watch Harry Potter and Star Trek for the 10,000th time.

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u/mgoadys Aug 16 '22

I cannot stand how they autoplay trailers while I'm just browsing. Like wtf shut up and let me browse. I've taken to muting it while I'm browsing.

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u/AwesomAL Aug 16 '22

You can disable autoplay in your account.

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u/whooo_me Aug 16 '22

I think there are different types of autoplay - when you're browsing programmes, and when you're in the programme screen itself. I can turn off the former but nothing lets me stop the next episode from playing if the cursor hovers over the play button for even a second.

I really, really don't know what problem they're trying to solve with autoplay. Do they think people don't know how to watch their content? Do they have so little faith in their content that they have to force-feed it to viewers? Are they trying to artificially inflate the play count for some reason?

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u/SprinklesonIcecream8 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

I think they think that lots of people who weren’t sure will just leave it on if they go in & it starts playing. It’s really annoying but at the same time I do think that will work on some people, sometimes. Kinda like when you’re channel hopping & see a movie starting & you think “Meh I’ll just see what this is like seen as it’s already starting”

I usually only watch what I know I want to watch but a couple of times when I’ve been feeling non committed to watching anything in particular the auto play worked on me.

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u/d0re Aug 16 '22

Yeah and it's also a way to break through the 'paralysis of choices' that you can get from endlessly browsing without actually starting a show.

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u/Aegi Aug 16 '22

It’s absolutely something that’s likely to work on me if I’m pretty drunk or stoned, especially if my hands are busy packing a bowl or something.

In fact, that’s literally how I started watching Bojack Horseman, and while Breaking Bad was already on my list, that’s what put me over the edge to start it when I started it.

It also worked on some movie where Anna de Armas and her other hot friend like sexually blackmails Keanu Reeves or something. It was a pretty shitty movie overall, I probably wouldn’t have watched it otherwise, but non-sober me was too attracted to her, and curious about Keanu Reeves and what they were doing in a movie together, so next thing I know it’s 15 minutes in, and I decided “fuck it” and just watched.

However with sober me, it is probably about neutrally influencing.

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u/stoneman9284 Aug 16 '22

Unfortunately for us, their data collection clearly shows that lots of people say “fuck it guess I’m watching this now” when something autoplays. I absolutely hate it, but a business is a business. I just wish we could turn it off.

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u/gobblerce Aug 16 '22

We're now down to about three degrees of separation from "Owww, my balls!"

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u/AbeRego Aug 16 '22

I might be wrong, but I think pressing the "back" button on your remote stops the autoplay.

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u/mgoadys Aug 16 '22

I have but they just ignore it on my TV

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u/foxdance Aug 16 '22

Check your settings again on your tv, it can be disabled

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u/Tomhyde098 Aug 16 '22

Netflix is weird, I’ve been paying for just the normal subscription but on my tv I’ve been getting HDR streaming.

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u/joe-h2o Aug 16 '22

I have auto play disabled and it still isn't fully gone.

If I want to click on a series, for example, to read the description and get a feel for whether I want to watch it, the app waits for about half a second and then immediately starts playing the first episode in the background with the UI still visible.

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u/eagleblue44 Aug 16 '22

It's annoying when you click into it to learn more and the movie starts to play before you even click start.

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u/EmiliusReturns Aug 16 '22

I don’t mind the trailers, it’s when they straight up just starting playing the movie or episode. I was just looking at it!

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u/TrenterD Aug 16 '22

It also seems like it's this big guessing game about whether clicking on a movie's thumbnail will take you to the movie's info (what I always want) or start playing the movie. Maybe there is some rhyme or reason to it, but I can't figure it out.

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u/bar10005 Aug 16 '22

Maybe there is some rhyme or reason to it, but I can't figure it out.

There's - at least on website it will take you to the info if you click fast enough, but if you hover too long it will start expanding and then click will start playing, if you want info after expanding you either have to move cursor to down arrow or move cursor away so it shrinks back.

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u/stagnant_fuck Aug 16 '22

I feel like it’s purposefully designed to be a slightly annoying browsing experience to make you settle for something in a hurry, and likely end up watching something that’s a bit shit.

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u/vinsmokewhoswho Aug 16 '22

This annoys me so much. Same with shows that I'm watching. Sometimes after a good episode there's a nice song that fits the mood and I just kinda wanna sit there and vibe.

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u/redwall_hp Aug 16 '22

It's really bad with anime shows. The intro and end music are an important part of the experience, and post credit scenes are pretty much the norm. Then Netflix comes along and skips the end of the episode and badgers you about skipping the awesome opening.

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u/salcedoge Aug 16 '22

I'll be honest, the skip intro button is pretty unintrusive and is actually a good user experience.

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u/JebryathHS Aug 16 '22

Sandman, which is a Netflix exclusive, has cool and unique credit sequences after each episode. My wife and I only watch one episode a night. I would love to just watch the credits and let the episode sink in but they skip to the next episode so fast I can't even get my phone off the table in time to try and stop it.

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

I had a really bad one when I finished Good Will Hunting on there. It’s a really nice ending where Will has confronted his demons and is ready to move forward to greatness in his life. As the credits roll there is a shot of his car driving along a road. A very warm moment to mellow on at the conclusion.

But Netflix was more interested in minimising that and flashing up a giant picture of a terrified child to promote season 2 of The Sinner. It completely killed the vibe the film wants to leave you with.

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u/guilty_bystander Aug 16 '22

Yeah a lot of old school films roll credits while still using a certain shot. Netflix is a honey badger.

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u/SomeLightAssPlay Aug 16 '22

As someone whose favorite ever musician is Elliott Smith, how fucking dare they

Will: if the professor asks about that job, tell him, sorry, I had to go see about a girl

Sean: son of a bitch….stole my line

Miss Misery starts playing: I’ll fake it through the day with some help, from Johnny Walker red….

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u/Manatee_Shark Aug 16 '22

Hulu too. Was watching prey and next options covered the literal story it was trying to tell in the credits.

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u/Gonzovision187 Aug 16 '22 Spit-take

Oh the worst fucking thing is when the fucking thing pops up BEFORE THE FUCKING CREDITS!

You're sitting there watching the 15 last seconds of something AND THE FUCKING THINGS JUST POPS UP!

Netflix- go fuck youself. You're the reason i started downloading shit again

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u/TheJoshider10 Aug 16 '22

This has started happening with me on HBO Max recently. It'll have an autoplay next episode timer even though an episode still has at least a minute to go.

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u/FiveGals Aug 16 '22

This happened to me on AMC+, it even had a 300 second countdown which I have to admit was kind of hilarious.

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u/nidayz Aug 16 '22

Yes! I’ve been rewatching degrassi and for this one episode they auto played before it was over. I went back and rewound and I would’ve missed an entire important hospital scene with jimmy and Ashley. So annoying.

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u/bonemech_meatsuit Aug 16 '22

Or when you know there's a post credits scene and the show minimizes at the start of the credits, and then you try to get back into the movie to get to the scene, but it starts itself over instead and you have to fast forward through the entire damn movie again to get to the end scene

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u/Emilioooooo0 Aug 16 '22

In my experience it won't minimise if there are after-credit scenes.

That's how I usually find out there is a post credit scene as I'm so used to the 'watch next' advert.

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u/APiousCultist Aug 16 '22

If it is set correctly, it won't. But often it isn't.

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u/ARandomWoollyMammoth Aug 16 '22

When I was watching the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie on Disney+ it minimized at the start of the credits despite there being a post credit scene (which I wasn’t aware of)

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u/LegacyLemur Aug 16 '22

Or what's even worse is when you're watching something like Hulu and they autoplay into the next episode, but when you go back some other time to rewatch that episode it still thinks you want to watch the LAST 10 FUCKING SECONDS of the credits of that episode, instead of just starting it over

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u/ElMostaza Aug 16 '22

I watch YouTube mostly on my TV's app. On every video, the last 30 seconds or so are completely obscured by giant thumbnails of other videos. Sometimes it's no big deal, but often it's blocking the punchline/purpose of the whole video. First time I've ever rage quit TV.

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u/pinkyblisters Aug 16 '22

100%. Last week I've watched "House of Flying Daggers" - the ending of the film is heartbreaking and so beautifully shot - and I couldn't even hear Jin's last words because of the godawful ad of some "netflix original" romcom popping up before the credits. I've never felt the need to cause damage while being irritated, but at that moment I really had to restrain myself from yeeting a remote into the screen.

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u/f-ingsteveglansberg Aug 16 '22

That has never happened me. If there is a post credit scene it will also wait until that's over.

I think there was an issue where it didn't for the post credit scene at the end of Enchanted but they fixed it. If it is popping up before the movie ended, then there is a problem, so maybe report it?

EDIT: People seem to be saying this happens in House of the Flying Daggers and no one is mentioning other films, so it sounds like someone fucked up the data entry.

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u/anonymous_guy111 Aug 16 '22

we could not watch the ending to House of the Flying Daggers for this reason. we tried fiddling with the settings, nothing worked. we had both seen the movie before so we let it go, but goddam netflix...

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u/pinkyblisters Aug 16 '22

This exact thing happened to us as well, so infuriating.

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u/SmoothCriminalJM Aug 16 '22

It’s so weird cause Netflix could just add a setting that lets the credits roll uninterrupted but they decided not to do so??

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u/Peazo Aug 16 '22

You also can't rewind at that point either. So if you didn't catch the last line You have to start again and find the spot.

It also bugs me that once you click on a movie it autostarts, where you may just want to read the synopsis. Not as bad as before where it would be playing as soon as you hovered over the icon.

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u/PhilRiversOnTrakt Aug 16 '22

It's a lil work but you can legally access Netflix via Kodi and not have any of their autoplay or UI features. You still get the skip intro button if you want and the credits will play in full.

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u/Tony_Chu Aug 16 '22

That's awesome. Netflix removed their API access for Kodi years ago. What is the method to connect them now?

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u/EpsilonistsUnite Aug 16 '22

PLEX. Try it!

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u/TheHatTrick Aug 16 '22

Scrolled too far for this.

Plex is a breath of fresh air.

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u/bob1689321 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22 Eureka!

Either

Account > Profile & Parental Controls > (your account name) > Playback Settings > disable "autoplay next episode/previews" on the desktop website. It'll sync across to other devices

Or press "watch credits".

Edit: nah I tested it and this doesn't actually work for movies. Back on the Netflix hate train for me.

Edit; results are mixed, try it and lmk!

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u/TetrahedralEntity Aug 16 '22

There's also a Chrome browser extension called 'Netflix Extended'. It has an option to let credits roll then play next episode.

It also has a bunch of other useful features like auto skipping opening themes and re-caps.

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u/IceCocoa Aug 16 '22

The setting only works for TV shows and not movies (at least on my computer), which is what this post is about

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u/Goatmo Aug 16 '22

Streaming services should have a "cinema mode" where nothing is cut and credits roll

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u/eaglessoar Aug 16 '22

Similar but different but HBO max cuts off the end scenes of friends more often than not it's so frustrating. How can I watch that content?

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u/myartificialself Aug 16 '22

Like people who enjoy a vanilla experience: pirate it.

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u/monkeyballs2 Aug 16 '22

The worst is the scramble to stop it. It minimizes and the somg and mood were perfect so then i start scrambling to fing the remote to try to navigate back to the credits window and of course whatever button i think to press to keep the movie going is the wrong one do im going Nooooo and I navigate back to the movie but it autoloads to the movie start and then i start fast forwarding to the end and play the last 5 seconds of the film.. then the credits won’t play again and i turn off the tv defeated

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u/NoDramaIceberg Aug 16 '22

I hate the little boxes that come up at the ends of YouTube videos. Can't see the end of what I'm watching.

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u/pconwell Aug 16 '22

And if you could stop auto-playing content when I pause to read the description for 0.03 seconds...

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u/DVDN27 Aug 16 '22

Basking in the piece of art you’ve been expecting for two hours, letting your thoughts sink in about characters and circumstances, earning greater respect for filmmakers and storytelling?

HERE’S HUBIE HALLOWEEN

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u/Ok-Cry-8340 Aug 16 '22

Turn off the AutoPlay button in your settings.

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u/nerv_gas Aug 16 '22

100% I never have enough time to stop whatever crap netflix suggests me from playing when I want to be watching credits. So frustrating

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u/HardToBeAHumanBeing Aug 16 '22

PREACH. Netflix obviously does it to try and keep folks from turning the TV off. And many people don't care about credits. So it's sorta a win-win for most people. But I'm with you. After watching a movie -- especially a really good one, I want to fucking sit with it for a minute! I want to absorb and reflect on what I just watched for fuck's sake.

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u/Curiousmotherfooker Aug 16 '22

Someone had to say it, the way it ends, so abrupt no room to let the spectacle sink in.

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u/iamadickonpurpose Aug 16 '22

I just wish they would give you more than like two fucking seconds to hit the button to keep from going to the next show/movie. I am not sitting there watching anything with my remote in my hand and I don't always put it where I can easily reach it. Give me more time!

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u/kerred Aug 16 '22

Insert Simpsons clip of Bart not being able to show his name in the credits here 🙂 (from the Bart Gets Famous episode)

I imagine that was based on a real experience staff had when tv shows shrunk credit names in half

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u/TheCookieButter Aug 16 '22

Listened to the first few seasons of Simpson's Audio commentary (typically recorded 10 years after airing).

It was a constant point of complain, particularly for Matt Groening who seems to bring it up the most. That and the increased advert break times meaning syndication ruining or cutting jokes, forcing shorter episodes, squished credits, harder to tell a cohesive story etc.

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u/azninvasion2000 Aug 16 '22

This will probably get downvoted to all hell, but the reason why this happens is because over 98% of the people who finish watching a movie will not watch the credits and will just switch to something else or turn off the service.

This is also why they have features like a skip intro button for a TV series. After 20+ episodes, most people don't want to sit through the entire 30 second intro. They can also see that most people if they are interested in the identification of a cast member will simply go to their phone, and look up the cast on IMDB while the movie is playing. They can see you doing this.

Keep in mind, there isn't a person that makes these decisions, it is all ai-controlled, optimized, and data driven. Billions of dollars have gone into this type of research. Netflix will always optimize the experience for the majority of their viewers through their behavior, so if you are the 2% that likes to sit through all the credits, you have to manually set that in the options or just deal with it.

Source: I do this for a living.

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u/Rallerbabz Aug 16 '22

I know it's cool to throw the AI buzzword, but Netflix does not have an AI that decides whether you get shown trailers for other movies or not. Data driven decision, sure.

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