Netflix's New Auto-Play Feature Enables TV Bingeing More Than Ever

Kristin’s complaint may be the archetypal definition of a first-world problem. But that’s okay, because it’s just annoying as all get out. She noticed when watching a TV series on Netflix streaming that when one episode finishes, the next one starts up right away. While this is extremely helpful if you want to, say, get through an entire season of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer in one glorious, slothful weekend day, Kristin doesn’t like it. She’s probably not alone in this.

Netflix added an auto-play feature to all their streaming tv shows. Apparently this is a feature some customers were asking for. The problem? There is no way to turn it off. So, if you turn on a tv show before going to bed and fall asleep before it is over it will keep playing additional episodes all night long. Not only is that likely to wake you up at some point during the night, it is also very problematic for people with bandwidth caps.

I called Netflix customer service tonight and the representative I spoke to confirmed that there is currently no way to turn this “feature” off.