According to Android Police, the company is testing a variable playback speed option for its Android app. Twitter users have been mentioning the feature for several weeks, but it seems to be part of a limited rollout test.
When watching content on Netflix, some Android users now have a speed option in the video playback menu next to the Audio & Subtitle menu. In the Speed menu there are options to decrease the speed to 0.5x or 0.75x, an option to set the playback to Normal (1x speed) or options to set the speed to 1.25x or 1.5x.
Adjustable Playback Speed is a popular option in podcast players and audiobook software, where users often speed up content to hear it faster. Doing the same thing with video content is quite irritating, but the feature has found its way into apps like YouTube. If you slow down the video content, you can view scenes in slow motion or help people who have difficulty understanding the dialogue when presented at full speed.
Currently, the feature was only discovered in the Android Netflix app. There is still no information as to whether or when a full rollout will take place or whether the feature will be available on other platforms.