Netflix’s new feature lets you browse trailers like Instagram Stories

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Just as Instagram’s current layout was inspired by many Snapchat features, Netflix is drawing its design cues from the former.

The streaming service’s app has gained an Instagram-like feed called Extras that displays trailers, photos and other content from shows on the platform, Variety reported on Wednesday.

These trailers and images function how an Instagram Story would: videos play automatically, while images are scrollable albeit vertically.

Called ‘Exras’ the new feature is only available to some users in a limited test run

Users can also add the shows recommended to them on the feed via a “My List” or “Share” the trailer or image.

It seems to be a trial at present as confirmed by a “Netflix spokesperson” to the publication, and only a small number of users are currently seeing the addition.

Those who can however can access the feature by tapping a button at the bottom of the app. Variety notes that the new addition to Netflix’s UI doesn’t replace any other elements.

Netflix has been testing a number of tweaks to its app UI, including an Instagram Stories-like roll called “mobile previews” which debuted in April last year.

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