Minimal Netflix

I like Netflix. It’s literally the main reason I install Chrome browser on my system. Even with the looming price increase it’s still a very good value. Chances are if you’re reading this you’re already a fan as well.

So I sometimes like to watch videos while surfing reddit or doing work. So a lot of the time I like to have a little window on the bottom right of my screen. With my go-to video player, mpv, it’s easy. However Chrome has all these tabs and stuff that ruin the experience.

The solution is my new favorite command:

google-chrome-stable --app=

This opens only the page you want in app mode. It’s nice. I like to alias it with:

alias netflix='google-chrome-stable --app= &'

I’m not sure if it really uses less resources but it feels snappier. It’s a simple way to load only what you want or need. Now I just need to find a way to do this on ChromeOS.

Originally published at on April 8, 2016.

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