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Don't know what to watch on Netflix? Let the OttoPlay Chrome extension decide

Jared Newman | May 5, 2015
We've all heard the joke about spending more time deciding what to watch on Netflix than actually watching Netflix. A new Chrome extension solves this problem by choosing shows on your behalf.

Currently, Stolzenberg has no plans to make money from OttoPlay, though he's thought about letting users opt into advertisements if they want to support the project. What he really wants now is feedback on what sources to add, what personalization options to include, and whether he should add live events from sources like Twitch. The best way to provide that input is to e-mail him.

Using OttoPlay, it strikes me that this is exactly how TV should work in the age of cord cutting. It's not exactly appointment viewing because each show starts from the beginning when you flip to it, but the extension still maintains some of the serendipity and passiveness that comes from flipping through the channels. The more I think about it, the crazier it is that Netlfix doesn't offer this kind of feature on its own. While OttoPlay is far from perfect, it's the best tool we've got for all those moments of indecision.


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