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If you are fortunate enough to have Netflix in your country (or a VPN to make them think you are in another country), then you will appreciate how great the media streaming service is – Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black…and then there’s all the movies on offer. Godzilla!!

But despite an amazing service that shows Godzilla movies, the Netflix interface could use a little improvement. That’s why after writing the Netflix manual for MakeUseOf, I headed out in search of Chrome extensions to make my Netflix account look prettier. And no, it doesn’t involve a bit of lipstick and some rouge.

Better Flix

This one does two things. First, you can disable the sliders so you can see everything in one list. Secondly, and the main function, is to provide you with a “hide” button so you can remove titles from the page.

You can still find them using the search engine, but if you are tired seeing the same stuff, you can now make them disappear.

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Flix Plus

This is actually quite a good extension which I have been using for a couple of weeks now. It adds some useful functionality to your Netflix page. In fact the Chrome download page claims that you get 22 tweaks.

To begin with, when you move your mouse / trackpad over a title’s cover, the hovercard comes out as usual. But now you also have the Internet Movie Database rating, as well as the Rotten Tomatoes rating. This is useful if you are undecided about a movie. Seeing the score from reviews might help you decide.

Then when you click on the title of the hovercard (in this case “Mission: Impossible”), you will be taken to the episode lists for that TV programme. At the top of the page are links to various sites which will provide more information about that show.

Other interesting and useful perks include watching a random episode, hiding that God-awful Facebook recommendations feature, hiding other sections you don’t want to see, removing the scrolling and having a list instead, a darker Netflix theme, and something I personally like – removal of the spoilers for each TV episode. Will the next episode be a crappy one? You won’t know until it has started!

Unfortunately, this extension only works for the US version of Netflix.

Netflix Enhancer

This one is listed as “old” and the developer is making a new one but it will be $3 a year. This current one will remain free but will not be actively supported. But it still works as advertised.

This one has the usual IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes review scores, and you can also drop/close sections you don’t want. But there are two features which make this one stand out from the rest. The first is being able to watch the trailer for the movie you’re thinking of watching (if there is a trailer of course). It seems all trailers come from YouTube, and if there is a trailer available, you will see a small camera icon on the title’s page.

The best feature in this extension (and one I prayed someone had invented), is the pop-out player. I was always so annoyed that I couldn’t watch Netflix while working. Now I can, and what’s more, it always stays on top of all other windows.

Netflix Showdown

This one is for the procrastinators who spend hours searching Netflix for something to watch. Now you have a reason to be quick. A timer is counting down, and unless you choose something, it will pick for you.

After installing the extension and going to the Netflix site, you will see a clock counting down. You can choose between 1, 3, and 5 minutes (the default is one minute). Choose which time period you want, then you will get the clock. If you find something yourself, then great. If not, you get a choice made for you and you have to choose one.

Obviously, if you don’t like the choices, go back to the main Netflix page and try again. But try not to, because it kind of defeats the purpose of this extension!

Netflix Sort Queue by Rating

This one does one thing only. You can sort your list according to rating, with the 5 stars ones at the top, then 4 stars, 3, and so on. Again, this is a good way to decide what to watch (unless you really like bad movies and TV shows).

Just go to “My List“, and you will see a new button – “Sort By Rating”.

Simply press the “Sort By Rating” button, then the “Update List” button. You will then see all the titles rearranged according to rating.

What Other Netflix Extensions Should We Try?

Do you know of any other Chrome extensions for Netflix that improve the interface? If so, please do let us know about it in the comments below.

  1. U.N. Owen
    October 25, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    By the way: that little 'spam' test' 'Do (I) speak English' - uh, I do (ALL people in the US SHOULD), but, unfortunately, there's a lot of illegals & such who have nothing better to do than come here (they're taking jobs 'we' (!?!?) don't want' is what was said. Really? so how come they're here & DON'T learn English, and those 'jobs'? Since when did COLLECTING CANS, or ILLEGALLY singing on the subway become 'jobs,' much less jobs Americans don't want?!?!?).

    SO, what do they answer? 'Si?'

    By the way; you don't hear about many Canadians running here to 'take jobs 'WE' don't want.'

  2. U.N. Owen
    October 25, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Gee - time to 'find' one, two, three, four... FIVE apps for (could they be paying you, eh?) Netflix - to...'make it easier,' when - unless you're a paraplegic, ISN'T 'hard' to understand or use.

    Let me ask YOU busy typer, something - when do YOU have time to W-O-R-K?

    Some of us (I AM one) don't have to (no - not government handouts, thanks - just ...well off. Which DOESN'T mean I just shop and eat. Not 'nouveau riche, nor some trust fund a-hole) DON'T have to work, but - I'm always amazed how many people - like you - seem to - as a 'job' find ways for people to do nonsense with their lives.

    Sigh...I'm sure u'll just chuckle ur little ass off, and I really don't give a damn.

    Just frakkin pathetic what ths world, and society's become - in a very short time.

  3. Dave Hysom
    October 24, 2014 at 2:34 am

    I clicked on the "better flix" page and, um, this gets TERRIBLE reviews. Shouldn't you check the recent reviews before recommending? Otherwise, you credibility sort of suffers, 'ya know?

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      All extensions are installed and checked. Just because some people found it a bad extension doesn't mean that others find it bad. I actually found it good, which is why I recommended it.

  4. Speed Dog
    October 19, 2014 at 4:46 am

    What do yall think of Zenmate. I feel like it does like Hola and then some maybe?

  5. Andrew
    October 18, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Do you have any extensions like this for use in Firefox. I don't use Chrome as I am paranoid that the conservatives are watching me.lol
    Also what happens if I write Si when you ask me if I speaak English?

  6. Judith
    October 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    What is Chrome Extention, an ap?

    • NightFlight
      November 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      @Judith.

      No an extension is not an App. Its an extension of an App! Ie, changes or adds features.

  7. Tom
    October 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I'd only used an extension that added ratings before so I appreciate this article and excited to try out some of the other extensions.

  8. Bill L
    October 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Ed, can you give some examples?

    • Matthew H.
      October 18, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Stop it. He just stated a reason for his opinion against Netflix. No need to to act out.

  9. Joan
    October 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I'm assuming this is all done on a computer and not through a Wii. If I wanted to do some of these things and I use a Wii instead of hooking my laptop to my TV can I program it on my computer and the Wii would pick it up?

  10. Ed
    October 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Netflix tries to get political too much through anti-conservative programming.I cancelled Netflix in my House forever.

    • Steve13209
      October 18, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Reality is liberal. Conservatism is cherry-picked history.

    • Neil
      October 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Totally unnecessary (and unappreciated) comment. Thank you for leaving - now go watch Fox...

    • Matthew H.
      October 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      I agree Ed. It is the same reason I quit using Flixster.

      I think it's weird how people just jump out of the wood work to whine about a conservative view point. Quite the trolls out there.

    • Mark
      October 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Gee no surprise that the actual unnecessary and unappreciated comments come from leftist dupes. You guys sure get upset when someone doesn't want to be part of your circle-jerk.

  11. Dave
    October 17, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Hola! Better Internet for Chrome lets you change locations. Hence you can change movies.

  12. Paul
    October 16, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Hola Unblocker. Allows the user to view content only available in specific coutries, I'm based in the UK and use it to view US and Canadian Netflix content as they have a wider and more vast amount of content!

    • khalil
      October 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm

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