The Netflix “Play Something” shuffle button on TV is now here for everyone. On Wednesday, Netflix announced – with the help of Will Arnett, who sounds remote tired of pressing buttons – that it is releasing Play Something for all its members worldwide, more than nine months after it first began testing the shuffle feature. It’s simple: click the “Play Something” button and Netflix will choose a title from its catalog – a movie or TV show based on your existing tastes.
This means that you may end up with a series or movie that you have never seen before, something that you are already watching or on your list, or a show or movie that you have left unfinished in the middle. And if you don’t like what Netflix you choose, you can press the “Play something else” button as many times as you want until you land on something that suits your interests – a bit like turning the channels on TV.
In its announcement video, Netflix showed a couple having trouble deciding what to watch – a situation we’ve all been in at some point, but Play Something isn’t perfect for these situations because it only works with one account. This will not take into account the taste of multiple profiles before choosing something for you at random. It is also limited to TVs / living rooms.
But Netflix really wants you to take advantage of the feature, so it puts it in three places. Play something will be available on the account selection screen just below your name. You can also access it in the navigation menu (where available) on the left side of the screen. Finally, Play Something will also take the tenth line of your Netflix homepage.
Play something compatible with Text-to-Speech (TTS), says Netflix. If you use screen readers, switch to Netflix Accessibility Help Center to learn how to set Play Something over TTS on your TV.