Most people think of Netflix as a browser-based streaming app (so 2017), but times are changing. Meet Clicker Netflix Player for Mac, a Mac app that takes away every pet peeve you have about your Netflix-watching experience, right on your desktop.
The tl;dr of the Clicker experience: pros include its powerful Touch Bar controls and Menu Bar controls, while cons include the fact you’re limited to a lower-res playback quality since, well, you’re streaming on a Mac. Still, Clicker’s powerful customization options are worth checking out.
With Clicker, you can utilize custom controls accessible via the “Browsing” and “Playback” sections of the Menu Bar. Hate the pesky intros that auto-play every time you flip open a show? Disable that function so that each time you click on an episode you get straight to watching. Or if you get annoyed at the auto-advance function that ferries you to the next episode just after you’ve finished one — disable that instead.
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Clicker for Netflix also shines with its support for Touch Bar controls. Utilize them to easily control playback, or flip open the “Quick Switcher” dropdown to access recently watched shows. You also have the option of enabling and disabling captions or instantly start playing a recently watched show from the macOS Menu Bar. Again, customizability and convenience are winning attributes here.
While Clicker can’t transcend the built-in limitations of streaming on a Mac browser (1080p playback only), what you’re getting is a suite of handy customization features that you can use to enhance your Netflix watching experience. To say nothing of the fact you won’t have to open a freaking browser window just to get your content in.
Clicker Netflix Player for Mac is normally $5 but grab it on sale for just $3.99.