Netflix defends variable playback speeds as a feature 'frequently requested' by users

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Netflix's controversial variable playback idea isn't coming to the service just yet, but the company may not be hitting pause entirely.

The streaming platform published a blog post Tuesday responding to recent backlash over reports that it was testing a feature on Android devices that would allow subscribers to adjust the playback speed, either by making it faster or slower. Members of the film industry have been highly critical of the concept, with The Incredibles director Brad Bird blasting it as "another spectacularly bad idea" and Ant-Man director Peyton Reed tweeting, "every director I know will fight against it."

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