Netflix is among the best video streaming services today, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Some apps and extensions fill the gaps to make your viewing experience better than ever before.
We’ve featured a few such Netflix-improving apps before, and there’s the ultimate Netflix guide to answer any question you might have. But once you’re past that, Netflix still has limitations that you want to overcome.
Be it an excellent catalog of everything on Netflix, or a quick-and-easy way to share clips from what you’re watching, these tools have you covered.
1. Flixable (Web): The Last Netflix Catalog You’ll Need
Netflix claims its interface is all about making it easier to find what to watch next. But in that quest, it’s missing an easy-to-browse catalog of all the movies, TV shows, and documentaries. So one fan made the catalog that Netflix should have.
Flixable is as simple as it gets. It tracks all the new videos that Netflix adds to its catalog, and provides easy filters to sort them. Filters include genre, IMDb rating, and release year, and you can order them in different ways. I especially like the “Originals” tab for awesome Netflix originals you haven’t heard of. You can also quickly see which movies and TV shows are going to be taken off Netflix at the end of the month.
Currently, Flixable works in US, UK, Canada, Finland, Germany, and the Netherlands. Other countries will be added soon too, the developer writes.
2. Simkl Enhancer (Chrome): Secret Codes, Notifications for New Episodes, Watchlist, and More
In case you didn’t know, Netflix has secret codes and categories to better browse its content. For some reason, the app doesn’t show those there. But with a simple Chrome extension, you can browse these categories with ease.
The extension is powered by Simkl, and first, it dives into what you have already watched on Netflix. By adding all these to its database, Simkl can tell you about the release of a new episode of a show you are watching, or recommend films based on what you already liked. Importantly, it’s an automated catalog of everything you have seen.
Simkl also adds the aforementioned browsing feature to look up secret categories. You can sort these by TV shows, anime, or movies, and then pick the code you want. The extension also includes a “random movie recommendation” based on your likes, a bit like the classic Netflix Roulette.
Download: Enhancer for Netflix for Chrome (Free)
3. Projections.io (Chrome, iOS): Instantly Create a Clip of the Last 20 Seconds
Movies and TV shows often have moments you want to share with your friends. Projections.io is the absolute easiest way to do this. With one click, it will create a clip of the last 20 seconds of what you watched on Netflix.
Here’s how it works. Install the Chrome extension or the iPhone app. When you’re watching something on Netflix and love it, click the Projections.io icon. The video will pause and the app will create a new clip of the last 20 seconds. If you had subtitles switched on, the text will show up too. Now you’re free to share this clip with anyone.
The only downside, as such, is that the clip is hosted on Projections.io’s site. It can be embedded anywhere, of course. And anyone can view the clip, without needing an account. But it would have been nice to be able to convert it into a GIF and share.
4. Rave (Android, iOS): Watch and Chat With Your Friends, In Sync
Want to watch Netflix with a friend far away, while chatting at the same time? Rave is a simple mobile app to do that. And it works across countries too.
It’s as simple as it gets. Fire up the app, sign in on Netflix, and start a video. You can make it a public link so anyone can join, or make it private so you can invite select friends. Once they join, you can chat in the window under the video. It’s a smaller sized video, which is a bit annoying. It’s a better experience on tablets than on phones.
Remember, Netflix has different catalogs in different countries. You’ll need to make sure that the video you’re watching is available in both your’s and your friend’s nation.
Apart from Rave, there are other ways to watch Netflix with your friends. Netflix Party is an excellent option if you are watching on a computer with Chrome.
5. Video Adjust for Netflix (Chrome): Change Brightness, Saturation, Contrast
Three aspects of your laptop or desktop screen can affect how a video looks: brightness, saturation, and contrast. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t change its video’s looks based on your monitor’s calibration. So this app gives you extra control.
The best part about Video Adjust for Netflix is that you get to see before-after comparisons when adjusting settings, which makes a big difference in how much you tweak. It also uses hardware acceleration to change these settings on the fly, so your internet connection isn’t over-tasked.
Video Adjust will remember the settings for any video, so you don’t have to change it all the time. This is one of those simple apps that effortlessly boosts your viewing experience. Netflix should really offer this option as part of its app.
Download: Video Adjust for Netflix (Free)
What Should Netflix Fix?
All these apps and extensions have the same purpose: fix things that Netflix should have fixed themselves. It’s like the VPN extensions that still work, letting you watch films and shows anywhere.
And speaking of Netflix annoyances, if you hate that you can’t speed up or slow down content like you do on YouTube, there’s a workaround. You can change the playback speed on Netflix with Chrome extensions.