Browsing Netflix just got easier

Instantwatcher makes adding choices easier

Instantwatcher app

Instant results:

Instantwatcher allows you to browse titles by genres, ratings and what others have recently added to their que.

Courtesy

Not having to set an alarm for the next day is one of the best feelings in the world, especially when it’s spring break. Another great feeling is the no hassle vacation of a staycation.

During your much-anticipated staycation you will need to fill that Netflix instant queue with great movies, TV shows, Netflix original series and documentaries. But you don’t have to rely on the overall poor organization and hard-to-browse choices of netflix.com.

Netflix.com is useless for browsing titles unless you already know what you want to watch.

So grab your staycation buddy-your phone-and download the app Instantwatcher offered by Kaja Software available on iTunes and Google Play. Consider a Red Bull to go with that popcorn because you will be busy. Now, link your Netflix account and prepare to fill that queue.

Instantwatcher allows you effortlessly to browse choices in a variety of ways. For example, you may want to know what’s popular and new or what others have recently queued. You also have the option to search by genre and the highest rated. Instantwatcher lets you browse the freshest Rotten Tomatoes (RT) picks and more that are recommended by the critics at the New York Times.

As you scroll the options, you will see a thumbnail, the release date, star rating, RT percentage and when it became available. When you have made a choice, you see a larger thumbnail, a brief summary, an option to add it to your queue, runtime and external links including the Netflix page for the title.

Instantwatcher is extremely simple and a great accompaniment to your Netflix subscription, but there is always room for improvements.

Instantwatcher shows an option to browse titles by what is expiring. But when I tried this feature, nothing loaded. Another beneficial feature not offered would be a search option by director, actor or producer.

Another inconvenience is the app doesn’t let you choose which Netflix profile you want to sync to. Your choices are automatically added to the primary account holder’s queue. If you share an account with someone and add titles, they appear only in their queue. Maybe it’s not a big deal except to the movie watching OCDs who don’t share the same taste as you do.

Another disappointment was the bookmark option that didn’t do anything, and the NYT’s critics’ picks did not have anything listed earlier than 2013.

Overall, Instantwatcher is easier than trying to fill your queue via Netflix. And if you don’t want to download yet another app, try instantwatcher.com. Be warned: Its website is heavy on text and looks like something you would have seen online in 1999 but has the same capabilities.


Study on the go with Quizlet

Photomath needs improvement

Streaming's best: What to watch over spring break

Spring Break Staycation