Netflix recently introduced a test run of this new feature that allows viewers to watch their favorite movies and shows at 1.5 times the normal speed. However, the feature isn’t being received positively. The star of Breaking Bad and El Camino, Aaron Paul, was one of the first to speak about it:
Stop … There is NO WAY @netflix will move forward with this. That would mean they are completely taking control of everyone else’s art and destroying it. Netflix is far better than that. Am I right Netflix?
Aaron Paul Also praised Netflix Inc. and said that the news:
Could not be true.
Other Celebrities Jump-in to Support Aaron Paul
Some other Hollywood celebrities and creators who put tons of effort to make the films, shows, and other content, have opposed this move as well. As it turns out, it wasn’t just Aaron Paul who was putt-off by this new feature. The director of Trainwreck, Judd Apatow, has this to say about the news:
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.
Other big names in the industry, especially the content creators are tweeting about it. The director of Spider-man: Into the spider-Verse, Peter Ramsay wrote:
Does everything have to be designed for the laziest and most tasteless?
The Director of The Incredibles, Brad Bird, called it:
Another spectacularly bad idea.
The Company in Question Tries to Ease the Situation
After the likes of Aaron Paul, Apatow, Bird, and Ramsay showed their resentment on the news, the spokesperson at Netflix jumped-in with some clarification, according to Android Police:
We’re always experimenting with new ways to help members use Netflix. This test makes it possible to vary the speed at which people watch shows on their mobiles. As with any test, it may not become a permanent feature on Netflix.