Like most people, I am a big fan of TV show marathons. I’ll shotgun an entire season over a weekend with friends and family. With DVDs this is really easy, as there’s usually a “Play All” button, but this wasn’t the case with Netflix streaming. You’d have to stop watching, find the controller, pick the next episode, and so on. That ends today because Netflix announced their new “Post-Play” experience.Post-Play is not a new concept, but one that the Netflix desperately needed. How it works is this: when you get to the end of an episode the credits will be shrunk into a box while options appear to select the next episode or make other navigational choices. If you do nothing, and you are watching a television series, Netflix will automatically advance to the next episode within 15 seconds. The PS3 and web versions of the Netflix app support the new feature now, and Netflix plans to roll out the feature to their other apps shortly.This feature closely mirrors the next episode feature that has been baked into Hulu for some time. Rather than progress to the next episode though, Hulu progresses to the next video in the Queue, regardless of whether or not it is related to the video you have just watched.Post-Play is taking a great usability enhancement and one that makes Netflix’s video service feel a lot more like a part of the home theater experience, instead of just a convenient app.
Scenic is also giving Getaway viewers the opportunity to win a 9 Day Eastern Explorer tour for two departing 18 May 2018, worth over $19,000. Included in the prize is return economy airfares from Australia and all activities, sightseeing and exclusive events. To enter the competition, starting Saturday 1 July, visit getaway.scenic.com.au. Winner will be announced on scenic.com.au on Thursday 20 July 2017.Saturday 1 JulyThe first episode airs on Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation and sees David’s journey begin in Toronto. Here he meets a local guide who shows him the sights, including a visit to the historic Casa Loma and CN Tower where he fearlessly steps out onto EdgeWalk, the world’s highest, full circle, hands free walk, around the Tower’s ledge.Only an hour and a half hour’s drive away is one of the major tourist attractions in the world, the imposing Niagara Falls, with the final stop at Lake Ontario.Saturday 8 JulyWelcome to Ottawa – David visits the country’s bi-lingual capital, a modern city with a French passion, cruising along the river and taking in the city’s landmarks. David stays at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Laurier, and takes a Scenic Freechoice tour of Byward Market, with guide Stefanie. Next stop is a Scenic Enrich activity, a visit to Parc Oméga – home to bears, wolves, wapitis, red deer and beavers before a night at the marvellous Le Chateau Montebello, exclusive to Scenic guests.Saturday 15 JulyDavid explores Montréal, Canada’s second largest city and the second largest French city in the world, visiting the old town and highlights including the Notre Dame Basilica, Place d’Armes, and the ritzy Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. (Scenic guests will also stay in the iconic Fairmont Câateau Frontenac, where Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill planned D Day during World War II.)Next stop is at Montmorency Falls where the zipline is the main attraction before enjoying authentic, gourmet delicacies on a walking tour of Québec City. CanadacruiseDavid ReyneGetawayRiver cruiseScenic Tune in to Getaway over the next three weeks to watch David Reyne’s adventure through Canada on Scenic’s luxurious Eastern Explorer tour from Toronto to Montreal. The Nine Network will be screening three full half hour episodes on Saturday 1, 8 and 15 July.