Netflix has a seemingly endless catalogue of different films and TV shows, whether you’re into your Thrillers, Documentaries, Dramas, or Rom-Coms, there’s something there for everyone, but what if you fancy throwing on a few episodes of the PowerPuff Girls but don’t want everyone to know you love the kick-ass kindergarteners? Well Netflix has your back as they’re testing a Private Viewing mode to hide your guilty pleasures.
Whether you’re secretly binging on PowerPuff Girls, or some nasty B-Movie flick you took a gamble on the night before, the next day you, and those who you share your Netflix account with will be reminded of the choices you made that night, even worse if you’re one of the many who shares their Netflix activity with Facebook. There’s also Netflix’s recommendation’s to consider, the last thing you’d want is for your recommendations to be filled with kids TV shows after you spent the evening watching Dexter’s Lab. So that’s why Netflix are looking into a new mode to hide these guilty pleasures and bad mistakes.
The new mode, which is currently being tested behind the scenes was detailed in an email by Cliff Edwards, the company’s new director of corporate communications and technology, and it goes a little something like this..
“At Netflix we continuously test new things. In this case, we are testing a feature in which a user watching a movie or TV show can choose to view in “Privacy Mode.” Choosing that option means the program will not appear in your viewing activity log, nor will it be used to determine recommendations about what you should watch in the future.”
Tests are currently going under way in various regions, but Edwards warns that depending on how these tests perform, the feature may never actually appear on Netflix.