7 Netflix Hacks You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

We have a love-hate relationship with Netflix. While we love instant access to thousands of titles, we hate just about everything else involved in the Netflix experience. It’s hard to navigate, titles are limited, and movies vanish like the people on The Leftovers. There’s a better Netflix experience out there, but it’s one that requires a little work. This collection of little tricks will greatly improve your Netflix experience.

A Better Queue

Not only is the browsing in Netflix painful, but you’re also scrolling through a lot of duds. A Better Queue takes care of these things. The site allows you to search all the streaming movies by their Rotten Tomatoes score. And since Rotten Tomatoes is pretty much our go-to for determining whether a movie is worth watching, you’ll quickly find gems hidden in the Netflix wasteland. Want a drama from the last decade that scored at least a 90%? It’s got you covered. Link

Netflix Enhancer

This Chrome extension will do wonders for your Netflix browsing. Now when you hover over and select a movie, included will be both IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings along with trailers. Much better than relying on those red stars for an idea. Link

Media Hint

There are a lot of great movies and shows available on Netflix, only they aren’t always available in your country. You can skirt the issue by using a service like Media Hint. You’ll pay a fee, but you’ll have access to all the global Netflix options. There are other ways you can go about doing this, but they all float in a sort of gray area and you’re pretty much breaking your Netflix agreement by doing it. Hey, we won’t tell anyone. Link

Netflix Roulette

Do you spend 99% of your time on Netflix flipping through movies, reading descriptions, and then ultimately deciding not to even watch anything? A cure for this paralysis by analysis is Netflix Roulette. Put in an actor, a genre, or another determining factor, and who knows what you’ll end up watching. Link

Hacking Netflix

If you want to know the latest movies, documentaries, and shows added to Netflix, there isn’t a better resource than Hacking Netflix. The site is your up to the minute Netflix stop. Link

Hidden Settings

There are a few settings you can mess with that most people don’t know how to access. While a Netflix movie is playing on your computer, hold down Shift+Alt (Shift+Opt on Macs) and left click. You’ll be granted a pulldown menu where you can help fix buffering issues and adjust other settings. Link

/r/NetflixBestOf

It’s not so much a “hack” as just something you should know, but there’s an entire subreddit devoted to discussing the best things on Netflix. The community often recommends real gems you may not be familiar with. Much easier than trying to search away for rarities or questioning whether you’d like that BBC show. Link



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  • Jeff

    The Chrome extension”Hola” allows you to view Netflix as if you were in other countries for free!

  • Tom Jefferson

    None of these are hacks.

    Written by a hack, sure.

    But no real improvement in my life.

    I give this a FAIL

  • Guilherme Medeiros

    Actually, any VPN service (like Hola) can do that for you.
    Hola is a great choice, its free :)

  • eyelostmyname

    Well, if I am ever too lazy to do these things for myself then I will give them a try. (In other words, they sound like bull manure to me.)

  • spenno

    My dear fellow! Using language like that doesn’t help anyone solve their problems and quite simply brings the down of the conversation down. Please consider other readers before using such language.

  • Rt1583

    “And since Rotten Tomatoes is pretty much our go-to for determining whether a movie is worth watching,”
    I quit reading when I came across this line in the first hack description. Good on you if you rely on someone (or a group of people) you don’t know to tell you what is good or what you should spend your time on but many, many people are much more confident in their decision making abilities than this.
    The quoted statement even presumes that I or any one else should trust you implicitly while knowing nothing about you other than you write for a blog.

  • cathyac

    Sounds like you had a bad day. Surely you don’t mean to be so insulting to someone you don’t even know. I hope you are feeling better now.

  • Rt1583

    Nope. Not a bad day and I meant/mean everything I wrote.

  • TvdM

    So your decision making abilities mean that you rather ignore available information (subjective as it may be) and go for guesstimation and intuition instead? Yes… That sounds much better.

  • Rt1583

    Not at all. I take many sources into account when I’m making various decisions.

    The thing is though, “And since Rotten Tomatoes is pretty much our go-to for determining whether a movie is worth watching” doesn’t qualify the author/s of this particular article as being a worthwhile source.

    I’ll even expand on the issue at hand.

    Here is the satement in full: “And since Rotten Tomatoes is pretty much our go-to for determining whether a movie is worth watching, you’ll quickly find gems hidden in the Netflix wasteland.”
    Why should I believe, just because they think Rotten Tomatoes is the best, that I’ll be able to find what I want to watch on Rotten Tomatoes (quick or not)? How is this a viable source for making a decision?

  • Roger

    I agree with you whole heartily. Many times I have been subjected to this movie is great and this movie sucks and I go MAKE up my own mind and find that I liked the “crappy” movie and disliked the “great movie” The only way to know for sure is to watch said movie and make up your own damn mind