Can you believe a life without Netflix, well that would be depressing? There’s much more to it than meets the eye that you can do with your Netflix subscription other than just binge watch house of cards.
How’s that you ask? Well, we have 7 chrome extensions for Netflix that will make your “Netflix and chill” way more enjoyable.
Chrome Extensions for Netflix
With a plethora of movies and TV shows coming out on Netflix every month, sometimes it’s hard to decide what to watch next. Yes, Netflix does provide their own ratings, but I prefer IMDB ratings over this.
Earlier I was using chrome extension like NEnhancer and Netflix Rate extension, which add IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings to the Netflix desktop. But, after a recent Netflix update, none of them seem to work.
And, this is where RateFlix comes in, apparently, it’s the only Google Chrome extension, that works. Once installed, head over to Netflix (if it’s already opened then refresh the page) and hover over the movies and TV shows. It will show you an IMDb rating next to wherever you would typically see a Netflix rating
Unfortunately, Rotten Tomatoes ratings don’t work as good as IMDB. To start with, the current version of Rateflix only shows the Rotten tomatoes ratings for movies alone (not for TV shows), and even that doesn’t work quite well. But then again, none of the other similar chrome extensions have worked accurately. So, I’ll take what I get.
While watching a movie on Netflix, you might have noticed a black letterbox on the top and the bottom of the screen. The reason behind that is that the original movies are recorded for 21:9 ultra widescreen while Netflix uses 16:9. With this extension, you can get rid of vertical letterbox by zooming in and getting rid of the top and bottom of the video. Kind of like how you double tap to zoom in on an iPad or an iPhone.
The extension comes with 3 mode –
– contain (16:9, default without extension)
– 2:1 (crops a little 16:9 content, but also leaves a lot less area on the sides)
– cover (will fill your display, no matter the aspect ratio)
You can toggle the layout, either by clicking on the extension or using the – and + keys on your keyboard.
If your significant other isn’t always around – especially if you are in long-distance relationships – it becomes much harder to watch your fav shows together. And that’s where Showgoers for Netflix comes in. It’s a Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix together with other people, anywhere in the world,
Simply install the add on, open the video you want to watch together, tap on the showgoers icon and share the link with your friend. Yes, they need to install the same browser extension and have a Netflix account. Even if you sharing the same Netflix account, then don’t worry, it still works. Now, you both they enjoy your fav shows together.
This app will take care of synchronizing playback, which means if you one of you pause the video, it stops playback in both devices and there even has a group chat feature, so you can talk to your friends
Now, I’m a little late to the party, as this was a big hit a few months ago. But anyways, if you don’t already know, Netflix has a secret list of categories that are much more niche than the big buckets like Action, Drama, Documentaries, you know the things that you see on the home screen.
All you have to do is go this following URL http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/### and replace the # sign with the secret code like 25804 is code for military TV shows.
Similarly, there are hundreds of secret codes and it’s not possible for any of us to remember them. Guess what, “Netflix Categories” links these secret codes to a simple interface. Once, installed, simply click on the extension, scroll through the genre. You want to watch and click on it.
It’s a popular extension by Lifehacker and it adds a ton of useful features to Netflix, like –
- Hides spoilers,
- Fades or tints show that you’ve already watched
- Adds links to IMDB, rotten tomatoes, YouTube etc.
Say, you are in the middle of a show and click on the playlist button, then Netflix shows a small thumbnail of the next episode. This could possibly reveal a spoiler, what if some character is getting shot in the head. You don’t want to know that, and what this extension does is it blacks out the thumbnail for you to avoid it all together.
Similarly, on the homepage, it’ll fade out the shows that you have already watched. Which obviously you can customize from the options page of the add on.
And when you hover over the title, you see quick links to popular sites like IMDB, rotten tomatoes, youtube etc, clicking on which will open the relevant page for that particular title. Those are some of the imp features within flix plus, there are much more like keyboard shortcuts and what not, try it out yourself to know more.
Super Netflix is one fine extension that I’d recommend to Netflix power users.
It packed with features like – uploading custom subtitles, for you to understand foreign movies in the language that you choose. For instance, say if I’m watching Korean movie, then Netflix by default give me only English subs, but if I can find Spanish subtitles, I’d be able to import that on to Netflix using super Netflix.
My, fav feature is – changing video quality, just go with a higher bitrate, or you can also change the Netflix streaming server. But I’ve never felt the use for that. If you find House of card too gloomy, then you can change brightness, saturation, and contrast, directly from the screen
And finally, you have a rewind and forward button, if you don’t like to fumble with the scroll bar. Thankfully, though, there is no ads for Netflix. Overall, the extension is a must have, but since it creates an overlay on your screen, it really doesn’t play well with other extensions.
Most of you might already know, Netflix is cracking on down on VPN for a long time now. And apparently, there no free VPN that unblocks Netflix except ultrasurf. The good thing about ultrasurf is – it’s free and needs no registration. Just install the Chrome extension, turn it on, and there you go,
You can unblock Geo restriction on Netflix, for free. But, it does come with its own set of problems. To start with, since ultrasurf servers are based in the US, I wouldn’t trust them with my data. And, even though, it does play videos that are outside my country, like say, the office, the browsing is really slow and of low quality.
Long story short, if you want to get rid of Netflix content blocking, you’ll have to shell out money. One choice is to get paid VPN like – Express VPN ($15 per month), Nord VPN. And frankly, that works quite well.
But, they are quite expensive and often too slow. A better alternative would be to go with Smart DNS Proxy. It’s relatively cheap, and a lot faster than a VPN. It cost $5 per month or just $2 if you pay for 3 years up front. At smart DNS proxy, you can get a 14-day free trial, which requires No credit card.
Also read: SmartDNS vs VPN – What’s the Difference?