I know what you’re thinking – “Save money on my Netflix bill? But it’s only $8.99 a month already! How could it possibly get any cheaper?”
Well, you could pretend to be homeless and switch to the basic plan, but seriously who the fuck has that – or you could realize that I’m talking about your phone bill and not your Netflix bill.
According to Pocket-Lint, a new Netflix update is on its way that’ll allow you to determine how much data you’re sucking up while watching Netflix on the go:
The movie and TV show streaming service has told Pocket-lint that later this year it will begin rolling out an app update that puts greater data control in the user’s hands. The iOS and Android app update will feature a button that can be turned on to limit bitrate.
The app will then intelligently work out the best economical bandwidth at which to stream the programming. This, says Netflix, will be able to limit quality in order to save data even to the point of pushing it below Full HD 1080p streaming levels. But there is a second button to allow HD, should you want to keep that as the minimum quality level.(via)
For those of you who, like myself, cannot stand sitting at the airport watching CNN for two hours before your flight because you were paranoid about getting there too late but also can’t watch Netflix because you only have 1 GB of data to your name every month, this will be a godsend. For those of you who are high rollers and have unlimited cellular data, go fuck yourselves.
But if for some reason you’re not keen on watching video while travelling, don’t worry: there are more updates on the way that’ll pander to you as well. Netflix is reportedly adding a second screen function that will initially launch on Android and Chromecast, allowing you to read background info on whatever you’re watching right in the palm of your hand (iOS and console compatibility will reportedly happen later). As for video quality, they’ll be launching HDR in March for the second season of Daredevil, although the HDR version “may not be available immediately,” according to Pocket-Lint.