Secret codes give Netflix users access to entire film library

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gives a keynote address in Las Vegas earlier this week. Picture: Getty

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings gives a keynote address in Las Vegas earlier this week. Picture: Getty

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THE streaming site Netflix has a number of specific genres which are hidden behind thousands of ID numbers which reveal their entire movie catalogue.

The popular streaming service lets subscribers scroll through a selection of genres such as ‘psychological thrillers’ and ‘British comedies’ in order to find something to watch which are based on complicated algorithms based on your previous choices.

Despite their search feature, which lets users look up specific films, this means that most Netflix users are presented with just a sample of what is actually available on the service’s entire back catalogue.

However, users have discovered that all these genres are listed under a specific ID number and therefore can be accessed on a laptop by adding the digits to the www.netflix.com/browse/genre/ url.

A lengthy Google spreadsheet has has been shared online by website Ogres Crypt, listing thousands of ID numbers with genres as specific as ‘Goofy movies starring John Candy’ and ‘Critically-acclaimed Violent Crime Movies on Blu-Ray’.

The genre ID numbers lets users access Netflix films that would have been previously unavailable without searching exactly for them by title.

The secret codes are only available through the website url so cannot be asked through a mobile or smart device applications.

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