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Netflix refreshes iOS app with cooler video player

The latest update for the Netflix iOS app provides a better video player and easy access to subtitles and other languages for certain content.

Netflix's new iOS app boldly goes where no app has gone before.
Netflix's new iOS app boldly goes where no app has gone before. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Netflix subscribers who use the site's iOS app on their iPhones or iPads will find a few surprises in the latest edition.

Netflix version 2.2 for iOS adds a small but healthy number of enhancements. First among them is a new scrub bar for controlling your content.

The bar itself is bigger and better, letting you more easily navigate to any section of your video. Thumbnails now appear above your finger on the scrub bar so you can travel to a specific scene of your favorite TV show or movie. You can also rewind 10 seconds at a time.

The volume control is larger as well, another handy option for people with big fingers. And nestled to the left of the volume control in some cases is a languages icon. Tap on that, and you can turn on subtitles and change the language. The language option is enabled only for certain content, so you may need to hunt around for it.

Two other changes are described in a Netflix blog.

A "do not share" option is available in the video player for people who are signed into Facebook but wish to keep their video selections private. And the app's setting menu now lets you choose to stream video only when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

The update is currently available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Netflix advises Android users to stay tuned for the same features in their version of the app.