Directors and actors are speaking out in response to Netflix, as they are testing a feature that would allow some Android phone users to change the playback speed of what they’re watching.
Directors like Judd Apatow, Brad Bird, and Peyton Reed, and breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul have urged Netflix not to move forward with the tool. “Whelp – another spectacularly bad idea, and another cut to the already bleeding-out cinema experience,” Bird tweeted. “Why support and finance filmmakers visions on one hand and then work to destroy the presentation of those films on the other?”
According to a Netflix spokesperson, who reached out to The Verge, Netflix doesn’t have any current plans to roll this our to larger screens in the future, but they are always trying to find new ways to improve a viewers experiences. Additionally, the spokesperson said that this isn’t any different than what DVD players have had the capacity of doing for years, and users would have to opt in to the option to play things at various speeds.
Check out some responses to the test below.
No @Netflix no. Don’t make me have to call every director and show creator on Earth to fight you on this. Save me the time. I will win but it will take a ton of time. Don’t fuck with our timing. We give you nice things. Leave them as they were intended to be seen. https://t.co/xkprLM44oC
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 28, 2019
This is a terrible idea, and I and every director I know will fight against it.
Peyton Reed https://t.co/iPq10ywKfz
— Peyton Reed (@MrPeytonReed) October 28, 2019
I am honestly praising @Netflix as a company. Don’t listen to the media. Rumors are a funny thing. I love Netflix. Always have. Always will. This simply can not be true. That is all. No way will they destroy the art they have on their platform. Plain and simple. ? https://t.co/uvxWMpeqhx
— Aaron Paul (@aaronpaul_8) October 28, 2019
Whelp— another spectacularly bad idea, and another cut to the already bleeding-out cinema experience. Why support & finance filmmakers visions on one hand and then work to destroy the presentation of those films on the other??? https://t.co/T7QdYAQGHU
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) October 28, 2019