Amazon Prime Video is rolling out just a few function that lets customers shuffle by means of episodes of TV exhibits and play one at random. The brand new function seems to be obtainable solely on the Android app of Amazon Prime Video for now, and has sure different limitations by way of the number of exhibits. The function is geared toward serving to customers discover content material to look at at random with out having to look an excessive amount of — good for if you wish to go on a rewatch binge of previous exhibits or youngsters cartoons, amongst different kinds.
The function seems to be rolling out for Android gadgets for now, and was obtainable on our app after we checked. The shuffle perform solely exhibits the episodes of the particular present you’ve gotten chosen – and is additional restricted to episodes throughout the similar season or assortment, so it will not randomly pull up a horror present in the course of a cartoon binge, for instance. Netflix has additionally been engaged on an identical function, however Amazon appears to have crushed it to a wider rollout right here.
Customers of Amazon Prime Video who will discover some attraction on this function are those that watch sitcoms, notably older exhibits which have probably already been watched a number of instances. For the reason that order of viewing episodes is not as necessary with these form of exhibits, shuffling episodes to look at one at random – even inside a season – may show helpful in getting viewers into the content material shortly and with fewer obstacles that require a option to be made. Such a function may additionally turn out to be useful with kids’s content material, the place the actual episode and order of viewing haven’t any actual affect on the expertise.
Netflix has been testing an identical function since August 2020, and has announced that it’ll roll out to all customers a while in 2021. The implementation is totally different although, in that it shuffles by means of all the Netflix catalogue to pick one thing fully at random, whereas Amazon’s implementation requires the consumer to first choose a present and season, earlier than then deciding on solely a person episode inside these parameters at random.
Whereas the function seems to solely be obtainable on Android for now, it’s attainable that it’ll finally roll out for different platforms akin to iOS, Hearth TV, and Android TV as properly. After all, such a function will not be too helpful when watching ordered TV exhibits that observe a linear plot, nevertheless it ought to be interesting to folks rewatching their favorite exhibits.
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