Pocket-lint has today posted a report in which they claim that during a private event they were told about some of Netflix’s future plans, which are said to include a second screen function for its smartphone and tablet application and a feature that will help users save data on mobile.
This was reportedly revealed to them during Netflix’s HDR launch show near MWC 2016, with the features said to be rolling out in an app update later this year, which is set to be released for iOS and Android according to the site.
The mobile data limiter specifically will add a button to the app that will allow users to limit the bitrate easily, and it will also intelligently work out the best economical bandwidth at which to stream the programming.
Pocket-lint says that Netflix will use this to limit the quality to save data, which can be adjusted to keep content at the HD quality should they choose to.
Probably the most interesting of the two features is the second screen function, which they claim to have been working on for the last four years.
It is said to offer an image with the data of the actor in the programming that the user is watching on their large screen, alongside related programming to the show and actor.
This was reportedly demoed to them with an Android phone and Chromecast, Netflix is said to be planning to launch the feature initially on Android and Chromecast, with iOS and console updates following.
Finally, the site claims that it will launch HDR first with the second series of Daredevil, which is set to air in March, however, they may not launch this immediately.