Many of us would like to watch Netflix while we do other things at the same time. Netflix may soon make it easier to do that on our desktops. The company has reportedly started testing a pop-out player which will enable users to stream their favorite TV show or movie in a picture-in-picture environment on the desktop.
Netflix’s pop-up player can be activated by clicking the relevant button on the bottom toolbar when a movie or TV show is being streamed through the service. That’s when the floating player will come up. It will hover in front of all the content on the display.
It appears that this player is Netflix’s own integration and doesn’t utilize the picture-in-picture support that’s already present in popular browsers like Chrome. It’s possible to resize the pop-out player as well. There is one caveat, though. Subtitles don’t work with it as yet, so you won’t be able to get them if you’re watching content in the pop-out player.
Netflix hasn’t officially confirmed the release of this functionality. However, more and more users are now reporting that the pop-out player is available for them. The company is evidently rolling out this feature gradually. It shouldn’t be gone before it becomes available for everyone, it seems.