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Netflix’s latest experiment is a TikTok-like feed of funny videos – TechCrunch

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Netflix already borrowed the concept of short-form video “Tales” from social apps like Snapchat and Instagram for its Previews function again in 2018. Now, the corporate is seeking to the full-screen vertical video feed, popularized by TikTok, for additional inspiration. With its newest experiment, Quick Laughs, Netflix is providing a brand new feed of short-form comedy clips drawn from its full catalog.

The feed contains clips from each originals and licensed programming, Netflix says. It additionally contains video clips from the present Netflix social channel, “Netflix is a Joke,” which at the moment runs clips, longer movies and different social content material throughout YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Quick Laughs resembles TikTok within the sense that it’s swiped by means of vertically, gives full-screen movies, and locations its engagement buttons on the suitable facet. However it’s not attempting to grow to be a spot to waste time whereas being entertained.

Like a lot of Netflix’s experiments, the aim with the Quick Laughs feed is to assist customers uncover one thing new to look at.

As a substitute of liking and commenting on movies, as you’d in a social video app, the feed is designed to encourage customers so as to add exhibits to their Netflix watch listing for later viewing. On this sense, it’s serving an analogous function to Netflix’s “Previews” function, which helps customers uncover exhibits by watching clips and trailers from fashionable and newly launched programming.

As customers scroll by means of the brand new Quick Laughs feed, they’ll encounter a variety of comedy clips — like a clip from a Kevin Hart stand-up particular or a humorous bit from “The Workplace,” for instance. The clips will even vary in size anyplace from 15 to 45 seconds.

Along with including clips to Netflix’s “My Record” function, customers also can react to clips with a laughing emoji button, share the clip with mates throughout social media, or faucet a “Extra” button to see different titles associated to the clip you’re viewing.


The function was first noticed by social media marketing consultant Matt Navarra, primarily based within the U.Ok. In his app, Quick Laughs appeared in entrance of the row of Previews, the place it was launched with textual content that mentioned “New!”

Netflix confirmed to PJDM the experiment had been examined with a small variety of customers earlier this yr, however has just lately began rolling out to a wider group this month — together with to customers within the U.Ok., the U.S., and different choose markets.

It’s at present obtainable to a subset of Netflix customers with grownup profiles or different profiles with out parental controls on iOS units solely. Nonetheless, customers don’t should be opted in to experiments nor do they should be on a beta model of the Netflix app to see the function. It’s extra of an ordinary A/B take a look at, Netflix says.

And since it’s a take a look at, customers may even see barely totally different variations of the identical function. The product may evolve over time, in response to consumer suggestions.

Netflix is hardly the primary to “borrow” the TikTok format for its personal app. Social media platforms, like Instagram and Snapchat, have additionally launched their very own TikTok rivals in current months.

However Netflix isn’t a direct competitor with TikTok — besides to the extent that any cellular app competes for customers’ time and a spotlight, as there are solely so many hours in a day.

As a substitute, the brand new feed is extra of an acknowledgment that the TikTok format of a full-screen vertical video feed with fast engagement buttons on the facet is turning into a default fashion of kinds for presenting entertaining content material.

“We’re at all times in search of new methods to enhance the Netflix expertise,” a Netflix spokesperson mentioned, confirming the experiment. “Plenty of our members love comedy so we thought this could be an thrilling new means to assist them uncover new exhibits and revel in basic scenes. We experiment with a lot of these assessments in numerous nations and for various durations of time – and solely make them broadly obtainable if folks discover them helpful,” they added.

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Sarah Perez