Netflix is testing a button for skipping the opening credits – The Verge

Netflix is testing a button that lets you skip the opening credits on some television shows, the company said. This week some Twitter users spotted a “skip intro” button that appears when you hover over the title sequence for shows including Netflix originals House of Cards and Iron Fist, and Mad Men and The Office (third-party shows). The button works both with shows that begin with the title sequence and those that include one after a cold open.

Yes, please. I’m astounded at how long opening credits can be for some shows. Between the “previously” and credits on a show like Homeland, there’s around three minutes of wastage (though some people may want to see the previously segment). But these long opening credits are just a narcissistic element for some producers. In addition, some shows actually have spoilers in their credits. Again, with Homeland, there are videos in the background which show some elements that haven’t happened yet.

I’d also like to see a way to skip all the production company logos before movies, and long opening credits in movies as well.

Credits are essential; everyone who works on a movie or TV series deserves having their name visible. But put them at the end, where you can see them if you care. Most people outside the industry don’t.

Source: Netflix is testing a button for skipping the opening credits – The Verge

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2 thoughts on “Netflix is testing a button for skipping the opening credits – The Verge

  1. As long as it’s optional, it’s OK with me. No skin. Different strokes.

    I like opening credits so I wanna show a little love here. On most TV shows limited credits for major cast and crew only run discretely while the new episode is starting, and only for a bit. Does Netflix cut those scenes? They also provide info I like to have BEFORE I watch an episode. Especially the writers, guest stars, cinematographer, director, and editor, which usually differ each episode. That way I can notice a contributors style as I watch. For that reason alone I must disagree that they are a waste of time. Besides, what’s the hurry?

    For me the shots in Homeland’s opener are no more spoilers than holding up one piece of a just started jigsaw puzzle.

    And if it has been a while since you watched the last episode, “Previously on…” has value as well. Additionally the Previously segment gives clues to what the emphasis is for the current episode. But if I was binge watching, and I had seen everything before, I could see skipping Previously.

    Funny you should mention “Homeland” as an example. If they gave Emmys for openers, “Homeland” and “Person Of Interest” would win hands down. “Homeland” (best season ever this year!) has such creative openers (Miles! Gil Scott-Heron!) I have recorded each season’s opening audio for playback in iTunes, as I have done for many shows. Makes a fun playlist.

    PS – I hope Rupert Friend gets a nom for his Peter Quinn this year.

  2. Well, OK, I guess that’s fine. What I’d like to see is videos marked as fully viewed even though the autoplay skipped to the next episode in the middle of the credits. I recently watched Samurai Gourmet (highly recommended) and the credits are ~2 minutes long, but Netflix skips ahead within the first 10 seconds of the credits. This is just long enough for whatever mechanism that judges these things to decide I’m not done watching it.

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