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Published on September 14th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


Netflix adds navigation bar update to its Apple TV app

An interface update to Netflix on Apple TV has arrived almost two months since its original release on various other platforms. The new pop-out navigation bar lets users more easily change profiles and reveal various categories for easier browsing.

The navigation bar can be activated by sliding the trackpad to the left revealing a ribbon menu that will pop out from left to right. The menu can be hidden by sliding the trackpad to the right.

The change relocates some of Netflix’s key features like the “Search” button and users’ “My List” to the pullout menu. Here, it has also added new shortcuts to “Movies” and “TV”, as well as a button to see what is “New.”

When browsing a given section, users will see a full-screen preview of a top show or movie auto-playing above the rows of suggested content, something that was activated in the previous version of Netflix for Apple TV before the addition of the navigation bar.

The addition of “My List” to the navigation bar means users will no longer need to scroll through the many rows on the home screen to find everything saved for later viewing.

The company says the redesign was based on “rigorous research and testing” and is meant for users to spend less time scrolling through titles for something to watch, and more time actually viewing a show or movie. 

The changes should be fairly welcome by TV viewers – except for those who despise auto-playing previews. Various Netflix users on Reddit have commented in the past 24 hours that the new navigation bar is helpful on Apple TV, but they wished the autoplay preview feature would be deleted.

“Did they remove autoplay previews? PLEASE? PLEASE?”, commented ’tsdguy’.

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