How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

Netflix surprises with new shows and movies in its catalog and various ways to customize your binge-watching.

How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

One of the abilities of video playback is controlling the speed. Recently, while watching Sacred Games, I needed to quickly go through certain scenes. Have you ever started an episode and couldn’t wait to catch up to where you left off? But how fast is too fast? Let’s do some math. At 1.2x speed, you can finish a one-hour episode of Sherlock in 50 minutes. How? Just divide the length of the episode by the speed at which you’re watching. You can also use speed-watching to save time. If a series has 10 episodes, you’ll save an hour! That’s not bad, and at 1.2x speed, you won’t notice the difference after a few episodes.

Now that I have convinced you of this new way to binge on Netflix, let’s explore some Chrome extensions that can help you adjust the playback speed.

1. Video Speed Controller

Video Speed Controller is the first one on the list. Install the extension on your Chrome browser. A red icon will be added. Open Netflix and play your favorite episode.

On the upper-left side of your screen, there is a number. The default video playback speed is 1.00. Hovering over it reveals additional options. The plus and minus buttons will increase and decrease the Netflix playback speed by 0.1 per click.

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How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

You can hide the video playback controller option by pressing V on your keyboard. Press it again to bring back the playback speed controller. You can also use shortcuts for rewind (Z) and fast forward (X) or reset (R) playback speed.

Other options include setting rewind and advance time, preferred speed, and changing the rate at which the playback speed will increase or decrease every time you hit the plus/minus icon.

Note that the extension claims to work on any video streaming site that plays HTML5 videos, though I have only tested it with Netflix.

2. Super Netflix

Video Speed Controller is a Chrome extension designed for Netflix users. Once installed, you may need to refresh the page to see the translucent controls overlay. It offers several options, so let’s dive into them.

How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

The playback controller option is the second from the left. Click on it once to reveal a scrollable bar that you can drag. Minimum playback speed is 0.5 and maximum is 4x. It is easy to use and works well. But that is not the only trick Super Netflix has.

How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

You can skip intros, change video streaming quality based on your Internet speed, and blur images and thumbnails to avoid spoilers. When a major character is dead, accidentally seeing their face in the thumbnail on the next episode can ruin the surprise.

3. Video Playback Speed

This free Chrome extension allows you to control Netflix playback speed with ease. Simply click the extension button to access a drop-down menu. However, the rainbow-colored background of the menu can be distracting as it constantly changes colors.

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How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

You can easily change the playback speed by dragging the bar. If the mouse is too sensitive, use the arrow keys on your keyboard. Playback speed ranges from 0x to 30x. A bit extreme, eh?

How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

About the rainbow background, the developer included an option to disable it. Click on Options at the bottom and uncheck the rainbow background option.

Video Playback Speed also works with other video streaming services like Amazon Prime (tested) and Hulu, but it lacks some advanced features found in previous Netflix Chrome extensions.

4. Playback Rate Controller

This playback speed controller for Netflix was developed by a Portuguese developer. You may see a notification to translate the page to English, but you won’t face any issues while using it.

How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

Once the extension is installed, click on it to access playback settings. You can manipulate playback speed on Netflix using the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons. There are also preset shortcuts to slow down or increase playback speed. The extension works effectively without any additional features.

Video Speed is the final item on the list. Install it and click on the extension while watching Netflix to adjust playback options. Although I could control the movie’s speed, I had limited control over the numbers.

How to Change Netflix Playback Speed: Top 5 Chrome Extensions

The values are preset and you can only select one option. I cannot choose precise 1.1x or 1.2x but have to directly jump to 1.25x, which was frustrating because I am more comfortable at 1.2x. Also, there were no advanced features. This might work if you are just starting to watch videos at a faster playback speed.

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Let the Netflix Marathon Begin

Increasing Netflix playback speed helps you watch more episodes and movies in less time. Now you can cram marathons on Netflix to watch more over a period of time. Your friends will be surprised at your speed!

Next up: Watching Netflix on your smartphone? Worried about data usage? Check out our tricks to control data usage and enjoy Netflix while traveling.

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