Netflix just introduced a sneaky little feature that will change how you watch TV.

In the last month or so, the latest seasons of several major Netflix shows have dropped including House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.

Cue blacking the curtains, hoarding the snacks and hours, days and maybe even weeks spent burrito’d in our doonas binge-ing it all in one go.

But this season, something is different and it’s all thanks to a sneaky little feature Netflix has just introduced.

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You may have noticed it before your eyes glazed over - the 'skip intro' button on the right side of your screen.

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There was first chatter of the handy feature back in March as the streaming giant was trialling it and now it looks like it's finally been rolled out in Australia.

As the name suggests, it allows you to completely skip the opening sequence of your chosen TV show and get right back into the action.


I'm currently belatedly binging the latest season of House of Cards and if the almost-60-minute-an-episode running time wasn't enough of a challenge, the intro alone is ONE MINUTE AND 43 SECONDS LONG.

That's 22 and a half minutes WASTED on some dramatic music and some buildings each season.

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The new button has been my saviour and given me exactly 22 and a half minutes to scroll aimlessly through Instagram which I wouldn't have otherwise. Efficient, no?

It's not just time - some theme tunes can be downright annoying and ensuring that you don't have to listen to them 12 times in one sitting is surely essential to preserve sanity.

However there may be one downside to skipping those credits.

Rumour has it that the reason so many Netflix original shows have such extra-long opening credits is to allow adequate time for buffering.

Proceed at your own risk.

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