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Some Netflix viewers get EXTRA movies and TV shows they can’t watch

NETFLIX has shown upcoming TV shows and movies to some users for feedback ahead of their release.

According to Variety, small groups of subscribers in the US have been watching original content early for about a year.

Netflix is ​​showing original content early to some subscribers

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Feedback panels look at “several upcoming movies and series over the course of about six months” and then give Netflix their rating.

Potential attendees will be invited to attend one of these panels via email, a copy of which will be sent to Variety.

“At Netflix, we’re building a community of members to watch and provide feedback on upcoming movies and series, and we’d like to know if you’re interested in being a part of it,” the email reads.

“It’s simple, but it’s an incredibly important part of creating great content for you and Netflix members around the world.”

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Netflix confirmed that it has been conducting subscriber feedback panels for about 12 months.

After watching a movie or series, members fill out a survey in which they rate what they’ve seen.

You’re encouraged to tell Netflix “what you liked and disliked, how you would make it better, or how likely you would be to recommend it to friends and family.”

The groups could help Netflix identify potential hits or even make changes to content ahead of release.

It’s unclear how Netflix selects participants for the program.

For years, Hollywood studios have held similar focus groups to test the waters with audiences ahead of major releases.

Netflix itself often releases new features to select subscribers before making them available to a savvier audience.

For example, the Play Something shuffle feature was recently tested to ensure subscribers liked it.

After admitting it lost 200,000 subscribers in its latest earnings report, the streaming giant is looking for new ways to make money.

Netflix has blamed the drop on increased competition, password sharing and Russia’s war with Ukraine.

Last month, the company announced that it will start charging users who share their passwords between households starting next year.

Subscribers are being asked to spend extra to add members who don’t live with them in the latest crackdown on account sharing.

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In March it emerged that the streaming giant was already testing the additional fees in Chile, Costa Rica and Peru.

Users who share passwords have to shell out around £2.70/$2.70 on top of their monthly subscription fee.

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