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Is there a way to link to a Netflix movie at a specific time, similar to how you can link to a Youtube video at a specific time?

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With the HTML5 player, which Netflix serves on many browsers1, it appears that adding a t parameter in seconds will seek to it. For example, to skip to 5 minutes, add &t=300 at the end of the current URL. Change the ampersand (&) to a question mark (?) if the URL doesn't currently have parameters.

For example,

https://www.netflix.com/watch/70302157

becomes

https://www.netflix.com/watch/70302157?t=300

but

https://www.netflix.com/watch/70302157?trackId=something&tctx=something

should be

https://www.netflix.com/watch/70302157?trackId=something&tctx=something&t=300

This seems to be an undocumented feature and could probably change or be removed at any time.

1As of December 2015, Firefox 43 64-bit on Windows gets the HTML5 player.

  • Hmm... I tried this and it didn't seem to work for me. For example, netflix.com/watch/80057444?t=600 should jump to the 10 minute mark, but it doesn't seem to. Does it work for you? – rampion Oct 31 '15 at 23:33
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    @rampion It worked for me, actually, using Google Chrome. – Chris Hayes Nov 1 '15 at 1:41
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    Chris Hayes: Hmmm... worked in Chrome for me too. Interestingly, in Firefox I get a 302 redirect from the above URL to netflix.com/WiPlayer?movieid=80057444 while I get no redirect in Chrome. – rampion Nov 1 '15 at 2:55
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    Maybe it's b/c I use Silverlight in Firefox, but Chrome uses HTML5? – rampion Nov 1 '15 at 2:57
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    @rampion It would indeed appear to require the html5 video, but I'm not getting a 302 on firefox. t just doesn't do anything. I'm guessing the seeking takes place client-side and just wasn't implemented for the silverlight player. – isanae Nov 1 '15 at 6:29

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