Judd Apatow and Brad Bird have both voiced opposition to a new test feature that will allow consumers to speed-watch certain titles

Netflix is facing a backlash from film-makers over a new test feature that allows viewers to watch their content at different speeds.

After tech sites spotted the new option on the app, the streaming giant confirmed that it was trialling the feature which would mean downloaded films and shows could be watched at either a slower or faster pace on a smartphone.

The move has caused anger from film-makers including Judd Apatow and Brad Bird. Trainwreck and Knocked Up director Apatow, who co-created the Netflix series Love, tweeted his concerns earlier on Monday.

Dont make me have to call every director and show creator on Earth to fight you on this, he wrote. Save me the time. I will win but it will take a ton of time. Dont fuck with our timing. We give you nice things. Leave them as they were intended to be seen.

Bird, whose films include The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, tweeted that it was another spectacularly bad idea as well as another cut to the already bleeding-out cinema experience. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse co-director Peter Ramsey also tweeted: Does everything have to be designed for the laziest and most tasteless?

Ant-Man director Peyton Reed wrote: This is a terrible idea, and I and every director I know will fight against it.

The Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul also shared his dismay over the news. There is NO WAY Netflix will move forward with this, he tweeted. That would mean they are completely taking control of everyone elses art and destroying it. Netflix is far better than that. Am I right Netflix?

The platform has previously received backlash over its option to skip the intro of certain titles.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

 

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