Here’s a cheeky way to immediately improve your Netflix viewing experience
Netflix has a secret menu that you can unlock, giving you special controls over the playback of your TV show or movie.
Netflix always tries to give you the best possible video and audio quality for your connection.
But if you’re having WiFi issues and your connection is changing very quickly, this causes problems for Netflix.
You get situations where Netflix is trying to load high-quality video and simply can’t respond fast enough to your failing connection.
This can sometimes cause video to “buffer” – pausing, and then loading up content so that you can get uninterrupted playback.
A secret menu in Netflix can be unlocked with the right key combination
There’s a better way, of course.
A secret Netflix menu lets you control the bitrate of the audio and video.
Bitrate is the rate at which video and audio data is transferred – so a higher bitrate effectively means better quality.
So you could set audio and video to very low bitrates, and the quality will drop but your stream should be uninterrupted.
This also means that if Netflix is serving you rubbish quality video, you can choose a higher bitrate setting – and wait for the video to load up your gorgeous visuals.
To return to Netflix’s normal operation, simply hit “reset”.
The secret menu lets you override the audio and video bitrates that Netflix is pushing onto you
Netflix secret menu – how to find it on your device
First, you’ll need to load up some content and start watching – and then it depends on your device.
For Windows users, simply hit CTRL-ALT-SHIFT-S on your keyboard.
On Mac, you’ll need to press CTRL-SHIFT-OPTION-S instead.
If you’re using a smart TV app, it’s tricky. Some users report that connecting a Bluetooth keyboard to the telly and using one of the above combinations works, but there’s no guarantee.
It’s impossible to bring up this menu on gaming consoles, but you can check your network speed by entering the following combination on your controller’s directional pad: up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, up, up, up, up.