Netflix Chromecast annoyances
I have to say, Netflix has a pretty lousy interface for watching a series episode-after-episode. Here is how it usually goes:
- Watching an episode, and the end credits start to roll. I'd rather just advance now to the next episode. My tablet is what I originally casted from.
- Press the tablet power button and I get the Netflix lock screen but none of the buttons are what I want.
- Have to press back to get the real lock screen.
- Then unlock.
- Then pull down the notification shade, and wait 10 or more seconds for the app to load.
- Then have to tap the little "i" where the show is named in order to get the episode list.
- If I fat-fingered it, I might have just pressed the "play" button for what may not be the next episode depending on whether Netflix is in the right headspace or not.
- If I accidentally tap that play button twice it might in fact advance one more episode further and start showing me spoilers in the opener of a new episode!
- Also usually by the time I accomplish all of this, the end credits have finished rolling.
The biggest annoyance is, the main Netflix app screen has no pause or stop controls. They are present in the notification shade but that often does not happen until *after* I switch out of the app. And pressing the blue bar takes 5-10 seconds to load the controls. So when Netflix bungles up and starts showing me something I don't want to watch because of spoilers, I have to resort to turning off the TV to prevent myself from seeing what I'm not supposed to see yet.
Another related annoyance - about 10-30% of the time, when I press any of the controls in the notification shade (back 10 seconds, pause, stop), Netflix does not obey but instead it goes to the red splash screen and makes me wait 10+ seconds to get the main Netflix screen which still does not have pause controls. So if I miss an important line and want to go back sometimes I spend a full minute fighting with the damn thing and then pressing the rewind button multiple times to go back to the scene I really wanted. And when it misbehaves when I'm trying to, say, answer the door or the phone, again I sometimes just have to resort to shutting off the TV which means I lose my proper position in the episode.
I suppose I should get in the habit of pressing pause from the lock screen, even if what I am planning to do next is advance to the next episode, as that seems to be less failure-prone than the notification shade.
Anyone else spend too much time fighting with the Netflix app when casting?