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Boost Your Netflix Experience With the ‘Netflix Enhancer’ Extension

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Boost Your Netflix Experience With the ‘Netflix Enhancer’ Extension

If you’re a Netflix addict like me, you love the service at its core, but would make several improvements and tweaks if you had the chance.

One of the most frustrating examples of this is the reliance on Netflix customer ratings on movies and TV series to determine if something is even worth watching. I don’t know about you, but I prefer not to be beholden to the personal, emotion-driven user reviews when trying to decide if I want to press play or ‘add to queue’. Usually, a Google search for more professional reviews is a better gauge of this, instead of accepting the opinion of Netflix reviewers and eagerly watch a film only to be severely disappointed by the supposedly “must-see” movie.

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The ‘Netflix Enhancer’ extension for Chrome saves you some trouble and gives better, more informed details on content by including IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes ratings on the site itself.

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You may also have a particular aversion to certain genres, like horror or romance, and tend to avoid them when perusing the rows of Netflix titles. It would be nice if Netflix just stopped recommending them to you since you know you have a 0.01% chance of watching them, but they keep popping up and clogging your browsing. Netflix Enhancer does that, too. It’ll also allow you to watch trailers from the comfort of your Netflix page. Not all content will have a trailer available through this extension, but the leap from none to some is pretty decent.

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And for Mac users, you have the option of playing your content in a pop-out player. Once you activate this feature in the options section on your Chrome extension page, a little popcorn icon will signify the option to play your movie or TV series in a convenient pop-out window. No word yet on whether this feature will be available for Windows users in the future.

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Check out some screen-grabs and the extension’s information video below, and go here for the extension in the Chrome Web Store.

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