COVER FEA­TURE NET­FLIX SE­CRET TIPS

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Un­cover handy tools and find bril­liant con­tent

Dis­cover what’s been added (and re­moved)

New shows and films are added to Net­flix on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, but with so much con­tent to browse, it can be hard to keep up with the lat­est ad­di­tions – es­pe­cially be­cause many ti­tles don’t ap­pear on the home­page. Sim­i­larly, the stream­ing ser­vice pe­ri­od­i­cally re­moves con­tent to keep things fresh, so you may won­der why you can’t find some­thing you pre­vi­ously in­tended to watch.

To make things eas­ier, book­mark the ex­cel­lent web­site New on Net­flix UK ( uk.newon­net­flix.info), which pro­vides an un­of­fi­cial guide to ev­ery­thing that’s avail­able to watch on Net­flix, and is up­dated daily. You can view the lat­est ad­di­tions, re­movals and ex­piry dates, and browse the en­tire Net­flix cat­a­logue. This ex­haus­tive list can be fil­tered by name, year, rat­ing and genre, or you can search by ti­tle, ac­tor or di­rec­tor.

Re­quest spe­cific TV shows and films

There’s al­ways some­thing in­ter­est­ing and en­ter­tain­ing to watch on Net­flix, but it’s dis­ap­point­ing when you can’t find a par­tic­u­lar film or TV show. To rem­edy this, the stream­ing ser­vice lets you sub­mit a re­quest for any­thing you’d like to watch but which is cur­rently un­avail­able. Just go to the Ti­tle Re­quest page ( bit.ly/ti­tle431) and en­ter up to three sug­ges­tions.

There’s no guar­an­tee that the ti­tles you’re look­ing for will make their way to Net­flix – there could be li­cens­ing is­sues or your taste may just be too niche or ter­ri­ble to ac­com­mo­date! – but if enough peo­ple ask for the same thing, Net­flix will def­i­nitely sit up and take no­tice, so it can’t hurt to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est. Bear in mind, though, that the stream­ing ser­vice sees it­self more as a cu­ra­tor of con­tent than a li­brary of ev­ery film and TV show that’s ever been made, as this Youtube video ex­plains: bit.ly/con­tent431.

Un­lock se­cret sub-gen­res us­ing codes

One of the eas­i­est ways to browse Net­flix con­tent is by genre. For ex­am­ple, if you’re look­ing for ex­cite­ment, you might choose the Ac­tion cat­e­gory, then drill down to spe­cific sub-gen­res such as Ac­tion Come­dies, Spy Ac­tion & Ad­ven­ture, Westerns and so on. What you may not re­alise, though, is that Net­flix pro­vides many more less ac­ces­si­ble sub-gen­res, each with a unique code, to fine-tune your search. If you know the right code, you can see, for ex­am­ple, which ‘steamy ro­man­tic’ movies are avail­able to watch right now, or ex­plore the full se­lec­tion of deep-sea horror films.

All you need to do is type www .net­flix.com/browse/genre and add the rel­e­vant code to the end of the URL. In the case of po­lit­i­cal come­dies (code

2700), you’d go to www.net­flix.com/ browse/genre/2700. You can get the codes for all avail­able sub-gen­res from the Net­flix ID Bi­ble ( bit.ly/codes431) or sim­ply click di­rectly through to them via the Net­flix Se­cret Cat­e­gories site ( net­flix­codes.me). Not ev­ery sub-genre is avail­able in ev­ery coun­try, but most links should work in the UK.

Ac­cess hid­den cat­e­gories in your browser

If you can’t face the has­sle of visit­ing a sep­a­rate web­site to find hid­den Net­flix cat­e­gories and codes, there are browser add-ons that put this in­for­ma­tion at your fin­ger­tips. Net­flix Cat­e­gories for Chrome ( bit.ly/ nc­chrome431) and Find­flix for Firefox ( bit.ly/ fflix431) both let you browse the avail­able hid­den sub-gen­res at the click of a but­ton and open them di­rectly to view their con­tent.

Search the global Net­flix li­brary

Many TV shows and movies that aren’t avail­able on Net­flix in the UK are of­fered by the ser­vice in one of its other 95 ter­ri­to­ries, some of which have a much big­ger se­lec­tion than ours. You can find out what’s avail­able us­ing the ‘un­of­fi­cial Net­flix on­line Global Search Tool’ (un­ogs for short, un­ogs.com), which lets you ei­ther browse gen­res or en­ter the name of a movie, TV show, ac­tor or di­rec­tor to view match­ing con­tent from across the world. You’ll be sur­prised how many pop­u­lar films and se­ries aren’t avail­able on our lo­cal Net­flix, in­clud­ing Star Wars (can be watched in 23 coun­tries), Harry Pot­ter (Aus­tralia only) and Lord of the Rings (70 coun­tries).

You may be able ac­cess these re­gional vari­a­tions us­ing a VPN, though Net­flix is clamp­ing down on such tools and has be­come very good at spot­ting them. Some paid-for VPNS might still fool it or you could sign up for a free trial of a VPN sub­scrip­tion, but your suc­cess will vary de­pend­ing on which coun­try’s con­tent you’re try­ing to ac­cess. Use­fully, un­ogs tells you which lan­guage movies are sub­ti­tled in, and lets you view only those with English sub­ti­tles.

Watch a ran­dom TV show or film

Some­times the most en­joy­able TV shows or movies you watch are the ones you stum­ble across by chance and know noth­ing about. Net­flix Roulette ( net­flixroulette .net) spices up your view­ing by ran­domly choos­ing your on-screen en­ter­tain­ment. Sim­ply tell it whether you want to watch a movie or a TV show and click the Spin but­ton. You can weight your chances of find­ing a hid­den gem rather than a to­tal stinker by choos­ing a cat­e­gory, nar­row­ing re­sults based on a par­tic­u­lar rat­ing range and/ or spec­i­fy­ing the di­rec­tor’s name, ac­tor’s name or key­word. Keep spin­ning the ‘wheel’ un­til you find some­thing promis­ing, then click the Watch on Net­flix but­ton to be­gin view­ing. It’s sim­i­lar to flick­ing through TV chan­nels late at night and stum­bling across some­thing half-de­cent.

See what we’re miss­ing on UK Net­flix by search­ing for ti­tles at un­ogs

Use a browser add- on to ac­cess hid­den Net­flix cat­e­gories

Take a risk and spin the Net­flix Roulette wheel

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