Netf lix movie a bit slow-paced? Just speed it up!

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Daniel Bates and Paul Revoir

ImAg­INE set­tling down to watch The Crown with a sped up Queen speak­ing with a high-pitched rapid-fire de­liv­ery.

Or drawl­ing in deeper tones as the pic­ture edges closer to slow mo­tion?

Net­flix is try­ing out a new fea­ture which lets view­ers ‘speed binge’ its shows for those who don’t have time to sit through an hour-long episode or twohour fea­ture film.

The stream­ing gi­ant is also test­ing slower speeds, elon­gat­ing favourites, with a new ‘speedome­ter’, prompt­ing out­rage among top Hollywood tal­ent.

The think­ing is that view­ers’ at­ten­tion spans are so short they want to watch things faster, while oth­ers will slow things down for the nov­elty.

Net­flix has re­port­edly seen the fea­ture work well on pod­casts, but Hollywood di­rec­tors are fu­ri­ous.

Judd Apa­tow, who co-created the Net­flix series Love and also pro­duced films such as Knocked Up and This Is 40, tweeted: ‘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 f*** with our tim­ing. We give you nice things. Leave them as they were in­tended to be seen.’

The fea­ture was spot­ted by tech journalist­s in the US who said that it was be­ing tested on mo­bile de­vices that run the An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem.

The fea­ture lets users play back films and TV shows at 0.5x, 0.75x, 1x (nor­mal speed), 1.25x or 1.5x the reg­u­lar speed.

Among those to op­pose the move was Break­ing Bad star Aaron Paul, who reprised his ac­claimed role in the Net­flix movie El Camino re­leased ear­lier this month.

He said: ‘Stop... There is NO WAY Net­flix will move for­ward with this. That would mean they are com­pletely tak­ing con­trol of ev­ery­one else’s art and de­stroy­ing it.

‘Net­flix is far bet­ter than that. Am I right Net­flix?’

Ant-man di­rec­tor Pey­ton Reed said: ‘This is a ter­ri­ble idea, and I and ev­ery di­rec­tor I know will fight against it’.

Di­rec­tor Brad Bird, who also wrote Pixar an­i­mated favourites The In­cred­i­bles and Rata­touille, called the in­ven­tion ‘an­other spec­tac­u­larly bad idea’ and ‘an­other cut to the al­ready bleed­ing-out cin­ema ex­pe­ri­ence’.

Peter Ram­sey, who won an Oscar for co-di­rect­ing the hit an­i­mated film Spi­der-man: Into The Spi­der-Verse, tweeted: ‘Does ev­ery­thing have to be de­signed for the lazi­est and most taste­less?’

Oth­ers said Net­flix may have a point. Tech web­site CNET said there was ‘such an un­re­lent­ing stream of con­tent’, speed-watch­ing might be the ‘only way to get through it all’.

Net­flix has around 10mil­lion Bri­tish sub­scribers but an­gered them ear­lier this year by rais­ing the price of a stan­dard sub­scrip­tion – which lets users play Net­flix on mul­ti­ple de­vices – by £1 to £8.99 a month. The ba­sic pack­age, on only one de­vice, stayed the same at £5.99 a month.

Last night Net­flix said in a state­ment that the speed fea­ture is not per­ma­nent and is still be­ing tested.

‘Where’s the speed-up func­tion?’

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