Here’s taking a very quick passing glance at you, kid


Here’s taking a very quick passing glance at you, kid

If your chosen entertainment needs to be sped up so you can get through it, is it worth your time at all?

Tom Hoggins

Imagine, if you will, your favourite cinema scene of all time. Maybe it's the chest-burster from Alien, Jack Nicholson’s courtroom rant in A Few Good Men, or the heart-tugging, cross-cut close-ups of Casablanca’s denouement. All beautifully timed and delivered by filmmakers and stars at the top of their game.

Now imagine them at double-speed. Is Don Corleone’s offer they can’t refuse or Hannibal Lecter’s rumination on the wine pairing for human liver as tense or terrifying when Brando and Hopkins sound like chipmunks on helium?

That is the possible vision of the future that has horrified Hollywood if Netflix’s testing of variable playback speeds is made a permanent feature. As discovered by Android Police, the Android version of the Netflix is allowing some viewers to slow down playback to 0.5x or 0.75x, or speed it up to 1.25x or 1.5x while keeping the volume up...

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