'Netflix Extended' Plug-In Selects the 'Skip Intro' and 'Are You Still Watching?' Buttons For You


Watching shows on Netflix is a lot more convenient than sitting through commercials on regular TV., But for some viewers, the two seconds it takes to hit the "Skip Intro" button is enough to interrupt the flow of their favorite baking competition or true crime show. For an uninterrupted, all-day binge-watching session, there's a new Google Chrome extension that ensures you'll never have to move your hands until it's time to close your laptop.

According to KnowTechie, the Netflix Extended plug-in automatically skips intros, recaps, and that "Are you still watching?" prompt that reminds you just how much time you've spent in bed. Installing the extension also enables keyboard shortcuts for Netflix, so if you do ever need to switch shows, you can do so while expending as little energy as possible. Pressing N brings you to the next episode, B goes back to the previous one, Escape returns you to your browser, and R plays a random title from the video selection screen.

Other features make your Netflix experience more pleasant, even if they don't necessarily save you time. You can allow the extension to mute the trailers that automatically play when you're browsing the Netflix homepage, and if you're watching from a tablet or smartphone, you can disable the play/pause feature on the touchscreen.

Netflix delighted impatient binge-watchers when it introduced the Skip Intro button in 2017, but plug-ins like Netflix Extended give users even more control over their viewing experience. For more ways to tailor the streaming service to fit your needs, check out these hacks.

[h/t KnowTechie]

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas


Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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