through pictures, watch
trailers and set reminders.
In an effort to keep up with the youngsters, Netflix is presently testing a new ‘Extras’ feed in its app that offers Instagram-style content, the service confirmed via variety.
The Extras feature, which replaces the app’s current ‘Coming Soon’ tab, provides trailers, image galleries and stories based mostly around Netflix Originals which subscribers can scroll through and share with their friends via WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram Stories and more.
Additionally, the Extras tab allows users to set reminders for upcoming movies and shows and additionally directly add content that’s already available to their lists.
“We are testing a feed of video extras in our mobile app to assist fans connect more deeply with the titles they love and find out new ones to watch,” said a Netflix spokesperson, further stating that, “these tests usually vary in length of timeand by region, and may not become permanent.”
At present, the Extras tab is only available to a small set of users, however, if your Netflix app has recently been updated, you may already have access to the new feature.
Appealing to a younger audience.
As Slash Gear points out, news feeds are a typical feature of social media apps, like Facebook and Instagram, permitting users to scroll through plenty of content at their leisure.
It does appear as if Netflix has taken inspiration from these platforms as, “examples of content shared by users include images of show cast members with the sort of captions you’d usually find on Instagram, as well as @mentions and emoji”.
The use of a news feed format with shareable content will likely appeal to Netflix’s young, social media-savvy audience; just under 50th of which are under 35.
Compared to Amazon Prime, that only has a third of its users in this age group, Netflix is clearly doing something right in the battle for young subscribers – only time will tell whether Extras will increase its percentage of subscribers under 35.
As a trial, the feature might never ever come to fruition anyway. For now, Netflix will be awaiting the results of its tests eagerly before making any commitments to Extras.