Comedic timing can be lost if you speed things up. Comprehension is lowered. Tension is reduced. Sure, we’d sometimes like to shave a few minutes off, by eliminating wasteful scenes, but to speed through the show at 1 1/2 times normal speed, no thanks.

What if you could watch every episode of Breaking Bad and Stranger Things 50 percent faster? That’s a feature that Netflix is quietly testing, and it’s quickly drawn a big backlash from Hollywood creatives.

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