Netflix is launching a global trial for a new Android app feature that allows users to configure the platform to stop streaming content after a specified period of time.
The feature currently includes four timer settings: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or the end of the episode you are currently watching.
It’s likely Netflix’s goal for this functionality is to conserve battery life on Android devices and for subscribers not to get lost in a series that may have fallen asleep while watching. There is also the possibility that a timer like this could be useful for parents looking to limit their children’s Netflix time, although the feature is currently only available on ‘adult’ Netflix profiles.
The test is currently limited to select users globally on Android devices, but the company says it will eventually bring the functionality to other platforms, according to The edge.
If you find that you have entered the beta version, you must first start playing content on your Android device. You will then see a clock in the upper right corner of the screen labeled “Timer”.
After touching the timer, you can select between 15 minutes, 30 minutes and 45 minutes or “End show”.
Source: The edge