Onesumore: Google Chrome Extension Brings “X-Ray for Movies” to Netflix

Example of how x-ray works for the Netflix Chrome extension – Images: Netflix

One of the few great features that Amazon Prime Video can boast above all of its competition is its X-ray feature that connects to IMDb so that it can provide more information about any selected title, including its cast, trivia and more. Now, thanks to a Chrome extension, some of these features can be used for Netflix.

The extension, currently only available for Google Chrome on computer, gives us a glimpse of what Prime Video’s X-Ray feature applied to Netflix might look like.

Amazon first introduced X-Ray for Movies since 2012 and is one of the few features that sets this streamer apart from the rest.

Unlike Prime Video’s feature, it currently only gives a handful of actors based on their appearances throughout the show or movie, as opposed to Prime Video’s method of doing it scene by scene.

Clicking on one of the actors will bring up a collection of other works by that actor. Click on each title to reveal information about that movie or series, including trailers, reviewers, and descriptions. More importantly, it gets its streaming availability from Google but doesn’t easily point out what other titles are available on Netflix.

The expansion also incorporates soundtracks for the respective titles.

We managed to catch a few words with the developer Sid for the Chrome extension to explain how it came into being and where it is headed in the future.

WoN: What gave you the idea to start the project?

Amazon Prime’s X-Ray feature, I loved that I didn’t have to check my phone or switch between windows to learn more about the cast and songs. But what Amazon’s X Ray feature lacked were details from other TV shows and movies the cast worked on. You can see their other works, trailers, reviews, and broadcast information with just one click.

WoN: Can you tell us how the plugin works technically? Does it use APIs etc.?

It uses a bunch of APIs and websites, IMDb, Youtube, TMDb, Google, TuneFind.

WoN: What has the reaction been so far?

I’ve only posted a few posts on Reddit so far and the response has been pretty good.

WoN: What expansion plans beyond songlists do you have for the future?

– General trivia and goofs related to film, series and actor

– Recommendations based on the movie / show being viewed

– Integration with other OTT platforms (Disney +, HBO, etc.)

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