Put an end to buffering
Buffering time is the scourge of bingers everywhere. How can you survive that testy confrontation with a drug dealer on Ozark if your image keeps freezing up? There are some workarounds here if you're watching on a computer: While playing a title, hold down Ctrl+Shift+Opt/Alt+S to open up a "hidden" menu with buffering fixes and other streaming options. If you're streaming on Wii, Xbox 360, or PlayStation 3, use the directional pad and click up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, up, up, up, up to access the same menu. If you're watching on an Apple TV or other streaming device, head to the Playback Settings section of your account page, and select "Auto" or "Low," which should load your content (albeit in lower quality) when your connection dips in strength. Or, if you're not into all that "secret menu" stuff, you can just make sure your settings and internet are optimized for the best streaming possible.
Watch Netflix at off-peak hours for better video quality
Another way to improve your video quality is streaming during less busy hours (like early in the morning, late at night, etc.), according to a Digital Trends report. During the study, they found video quality and speed improved significantly during hours when fewer people were logged in and watching. Finally, a legit excuse to quit your job and watch some high-quality Kimmy Schmidt all afternoon.
Kick the moochers off
If you've unwittingly shared your Netflix password with half your social circle and all of your former flames, their terrible taste and viewing habits may be totally screwing up your algorithm. If you want, you can ban them all from piggy-backing on your subscription in one fell swoop by going to My Account > Sign out of all devices.
Binge-watch without judgment
There's something slightly passive-aggressive about that "Are you still watching?" message that pops up during an hours-long binge. The handy Chrome extension Never Ending Netflix prevents that from appearing in the midst of your glorious eight-hour marathon, letting you reach the end of Wild Wild Country in one wild, wild sitting.