Film community blast Netflix for testing playback speeds

Netflix is embroiled in yet another controversy that unfolded over the week. The streaming giant is reportedly testing a new feature dubbed “player control.”

Player control will reportedly allow audiences the option of variable playback speeds. This includes being able to speed through movies one-and-a-half times faster than usual. Cinemablend reports that Netflix is currently experimenting on the feature and there’s no guarantee as of yet if it will roll out.

After Android Police first reported the feature, notable figures in the film industry couldn’t help but express their disdain at the concept. Most filmmakers believe that the feature is a disrespectful manipulation of their works. One director, in particular, has gained 3,000 retweets on Twitter, Judd Apatow. Known for his works in the comedy genre, Apatow’s reaction to the news gained the most attention so far.

Apatow is ready to wage war against the streaming giant saying that he’ll round up every filmmaker to fight against the new feature. On Twitter Apatow wrote:

“No @Netflix no. Don’t make me have to call every director and show creator on Earth to fight you on this. Save me the time. I will win but it will take a ton of time. Don’t fuck with our timing. We give you nice things. Leave them as they were intended to be seen.”

On the other hand, Pixar animator and director Brad Bird described the new feature as a “spectacularly bad idea.” Read his full statement below:

“Whelp— another spectacularly bad idea, and another cut to the already bleeding-out cinema experience. Why support & finance filmmakers visions on one hand and then work to destroy the presentation of those films on the other???”

Samantha Rigby
Samantha Rigby
Samantha is the head of content, lifestyle and entrepreneurial columnist for Best in Australia. She is also a contributor to Forbes and SH. Prior to joining the Best in Au, she was a reporter and business journalist for local newspapers.
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