Netflix Begins Further Roll-Out of Their Shuffle Feature “Play Something”

Last year Netflix was testing a new random/shuffle feature that was confirmed to be rolling out worldwide in the first half of 2021 and it looks like this is now in full swing. The most recent update of the Amazon FireStick/FireTV Netflix app now has the option to “Play Something” – this shows up underneath the profile selection as well as in the side menu.

The feature, when selected, picks a random show either from your ‘My List’ or related to something that has been watched by that profile. For example, when I ran it on my Guest account it started playing “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” saying that it was a sitcom like “Modern Family” – a show that had been watched on that profile. If you don’t like the suggestion you can simply press ‘right’ to move on to a different one (but if you change your mind you can also press ‘left’ to go back through previous suggestions). It also doesn’t appear to class these shows as being ‘watched’ when you are just browsing through – this is a nice touch as it means you won’t get suggestions based on something that you actually skipped past!

Let us know in the comments below if you have this feature yet and what device it shows up on.

Apologies for the poor photos – it’s actually quite hard to photograph a TV without too many reflections!

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