Day 6

Let Netflix viewers watch the end credits, pleads composer

Daniel Pemberton would like to see the streaming service offer a "film lovers" mode that doesn't skip the credits or immediately push viewers toward another show.

'It's like buying a painting and they've chopped the bottom of the painting off'

Film score composer Daniel Pemberton would like Netflix to show film and TV show credits by default, rather than forcing the viewer to scramble for the remote. (Shutterstock)
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It's an experience that has probably frustrated many Netflix viewers.

Mere seconds into a film's end credits, the screen changes focus and starts playing the trailer for something else, denying viewers the opportunity to watch the credits — that is, unless they have quick enough reflexes to find the remote and force the credits to continue.

This was composer Daniel Pemberton's experience when he recently watched Steven Spielberg's epic Schindler's List.

"The end is a moment to reflect on everything you've experienced, and really take in the message," he said, adding that the Academy Award-winning score's final theme is key to the film. 

But instead of appreciating the end credits and closing music, the streaming service began promoting another film before he had time to grab his PlayStation 4 controller.

"I want to think about what I've watched, and I just got so angry. It felt like something had been stolen from me, from the film."

Composer Daniel Pemberton, right, pictured with director Danny Boyle during production of the 2015 biopic Steve Jobs. (Submitted by Daniel Pemberton)

Pemberton, who has scored films such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Steve Jobs and Ocean's 8, is urging the streaming service to provide what he calls a "film lovers mode," which would leave the credits to run by default.

Otherwise, "it's like buying a painting and they've chopped the bottom of the painting off," he said.

The composer says that many people would want to immediately watch something else, but he would like to see Netflix offer what he calls a "film lovers" mode that doesn't skip the credits, or immediately push viewers toward another show.

"It would be an easy fix," he said.

"That's the thing I find crazy, that they haven't even just tried to fix it."


Written by Adam Killick. Produced by Pedro Sanchez. 

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