Over the years, Netflix binge-watching has become more than a pass-time. It has become a culture with its own lingo and hashtags. There are some forms of Netflix binge-watching that require more concentration than others, and some forms that test your patience. The forms that test your patience are typically the “buffer-and-wait” kind. Netflix will only buffer so much of the content you are trying to play, unlike YouTube, which will buffer the entire video. This makes watching a movie or TV show without constant buffering impossible. If you suffer from this affliction, it’s making you miss out on the great new hits like Stranger Things, Narcos, and everything Marvel. Here are just a few offerings that you can use to your advantage when it comes to Netflix binge-watching.
Netflix Binge-Watching 101
1. If Netflix buffering is preventing you from finding new shows to watch, you can take drastic measures by sacrificing some video quality. This will lower the resolution and cause blurry and grainy video, but you will get to watch the new seasons to all of your favorite Netflix shows. The easiest way to change the settings is by logging into Netflix, going to Your Account and selecting Playback settings. From there, choose Low as your default video setting. You can also stop Netflix from playing the next episode from here if you have limited data.
2. Changing the settings will rarely help if your internet connection is really slow. The second option is to override the playback settings by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Alt+S. This will bring up bitrate options for both audio and video. By selecting the lowest option, you should be able to overcome slow internet and save on data. However, it will not take you long to realize that there may be too much sacrificing of visual enjoyment by taking this route.
3. The final, most viable option, is NightShift. You can pre-load everything you know you are going to watch well in advance to when you are going to watch it. If you own a superyacht, you can even continue watching Netflix when you go out to sea. It helps everyone with slow or limited internet, and even allows you to stream to up to 3 screens without any interference. You do not need to make any sacrifices. All you need to do is sit down, turn on Netflix, and relax.