Netflix updates Apple TV app with next episode auto-play feature

By , Jul 21, 2014

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Good news Apple TV owners. Netflix has updated its client for the set-top box with its auto-play-next-episode feature, bringing it in line with its other apps. The feature, which has long been available on the web and other platforms, has been a top request among users.

Now, when a TV episode is finished playing in the Netflix app, users will have the option to quickly move to the next one in sequential order. Previously, users would have to back out to the ‘Play’ screen, then out to the ‘Season’ screen and manually select the next episode…

To clarify, if you watch a full episode from start to finish, Netflix will automatically begin playing the next one for you. If you fast forward to the end of an episode, like I first did when trying to test this new feature, you’ll have to click the ‘Play Next Episode’ button to move on.

There are also some other minor UI changes in the app that are noticeable to the avid user. The progress bar has been tweaked a bit with time markings to give a more accurate reading, and there is a small window with a content thumbnail present at the beginning of each video.

Netflix last updated its Apple TV channel alongside the release of its 6.0 mobile app in June, with a new icon. Its feature set for Apple’s streaming media product has always lagged behind that of other devices, due to the company’s strict nature of control.

Thanks Mike!

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  • James Gunaca

    FINALLY. This bugs the crap out of me when watching Netflix on the Apple TV.

    • James Gunaca

      My wife will be pleased.

    • Der Faust

      yep :)…. nailed it on the head πŸ™‚


    Netflix sucks they don t have crap

    • It depends on where you live (or more accurately your Internet Protocol address). If you change your IP address to say a US address you’ll have different content to say a Netflix user with a UK IP address and different content to a user with a Canadian IP address, etc…

    • Der Faust

      if the movie/media companies wouldn’t stick to their old out-dated business model…i.e…selling you physical media…. then Netflix and others would have TON more πŸ™‚


        Their is a app call movie box (show box for android) they get movies when theaters do in 1080p quality and shows the day after it aires. And yes it is illegal but their is no malware/viruses. P.S. Hulu plus is the worst of them all.

  • Mike Colacone Saal

    No problem Cody! And the photo that I sent you, seen above, was because I fast forwarded to the very end of the episode just to show the screen. It does the 20 second countdown during the final 20 seconds of the episode if you just naturally make it there.

    • Melvco

      yes I just noticed this myself as I let an episode play through naturally

  • Netflix is so outdated here in Canada, Popcorn Time all the way…

  • Stephanie Chartier

    This new feature was working last night but it’s not working today. I have 2 Apple tv boxes and neither one will work today. Do you have any ideas as to why?

    • Bethany Bennett

      Mine did the same thing today was wondering why…kind disappointing because I was enjoying it yesterday.

      • Stephanie Chartier

        It’s very disappointing! We even unplugged the box to reset it but it didn’t work πŸ™

      • Jenn

        Same issue here, as well. Was working wonderfully yesterday, but back to the old manual picking of next episode tonight. Here’s to hoping it will be back up soon–what a tease!

      • Stephanie Chartier

        I hope they fix it!! It was definitely a tease!!

      • Bethany Bennett

        Mine was fixed today…didn’t have to reset the box or anything.

      • Stephanie Chartier

        That’s great! We are out and it wasn’t working earlier but I contacted Netflix and they said it was released as a test but that it should be back up soon for everyone.

      • Stephanie Chartier

        Ok ours is working again πŸ™‚