Flix Plus is a Chrome extension designed to improve your Netflix experience by adding options to hide spoilers, fade watched items and skip the postplay presentation.
The extension is more or less a collection of userscripts, and the main feat that it brings to the table is that it makes them all available under a single roof, that the scripts are maintained so that they continue to work with Netflix, and that a couple of extras are added to the extension by its author that are not available as individual scripts.
Google Chrome is not the best browser currently to watch Netflix as it does not support full HD playback currently. That's only an issue if your system and Internet connection supports full HD on the other hand.
The extension activates automatically once you sign in to Netflix. Installation itself should not be an issue, it requires permissions to access content on Netflix and Omdbapi.com but no other permissions.
The options are sorted into groups such as title details, player or everywhere, and all modifications you make there are linked to the active profile only and only when Chrome is used.
You can enable or disable each feature individually in the options.
Netflix has the habit of displaying movie or TV show stills on the site when you hover over an item or open the list of episodes.
These can spoil important plots or twists, for instance if a long thought dead character makes an appearance again in one of the thumbnail images.
Additionally, descriptions may spoil information as well as they summarize the plot of an episode.
Flix Plus takes care of that by blocking these images on Netflix, and also hiding episode descriptions on top of that. It does so on the main site, but also when you click on the episode list.
This section handles a couple of things. First, it will fade out duplicates, watched, and rated movies and TV shows automatically on Netflix.
The idea here is to put the focus on content that you have not watched yet instead of content that you watched already.
You may hide sections on top of that, for instance the trending now section or TV comedies if you don't like or need those at all on the frontpage.
A click on a movie or show won't play it right away after the installation of Flix Plus as details are loaded instead first.
The extension adds information to titles on Netflix. It displays Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB ratings by default, adds a search button for other sites, and links to trailers if available.
The extension skips the post-play feature on Netflix (the 15 second countdown to the next episode), which is useful if you are watching multiple episodes of a show.
A handful of keyboard shortcuts are added by the extension as well, for instance p to play, r to play a random episode, n and m to load the next or previous episode, and m to mute Netflix.
Flix Plus is a handy browser extension for Netflix that adds a ton of useful features to the popular streaming service. It is a bit unfortunate that it is only available for Chrome and Chrome-based browsers though.
If you use Chrome to access Netflix, you may want to give it a try as it may improve your experience on the site significantly.
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