Option to disable the Next Episode button

I’m using an Apple TV. To me this button is just annoying. When I’m ready to go to a new episode, I pause it and then swipe on the remote to go to the end real quick, then it goes on to the next episode. That’s exactly what this button is doing.

But the reason it’s annoying to me, is that more than a few times, I might not be paying the closest attention to a show, the credits come up, and I want to go back and see what happened at the end. I hit the left side of the trackpad on the remote to go back 10 seconds. This causes the timeline and the Next Episode button to show up. When I hit left on the remote again to go back another 10 seconds, it thinks I’m hitting the Next Episode button and it skips to the end and starts to play the next episode. I have the old remote that doesn’t have the directional buttons around the trackpad so any press on it is being construed as just a regular click by the remote. I know that I can swipe down after the first click and it will go back to the timeline, but I normally do a few clicks really fast because I’m not thinking about the Next Episode button.

I get how people might like this button, but I wish there was a toggle in the settings to turn this off.

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I think if you turn off continuous playback the next button won’t show up.

That probably would work but I WANT continuous playback.

I was about to post exactly this request. The Next Episode button is much too easy to press accidentally when you’re scrolling in the last 5% or so of a video which is very annoying. Could we have an option to retain continuous playback but disable the Next Episode button from popping up please. EDIT - I’m talking about the Apple TV app.


I mentioned doing this a lot myself in a similar thread. Trying to skip back to that brilliant final zinger or reveal at the end of a episode; or to skip past the previews (spoilers) for the next episode of the US reality series “Survivor” to watch (or rewatch) the reveal of that nights’ votes … grr.

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A post was split to a new topic: “Next Episode” Button Visible for Entire Episode

I had another thought about this - if you’re not going to let us disable the Next Episode, how about at least making it so that its default state is un-selected, and you have to actively swipe up onto it to make it active and actionable? If its default state was unselected, it wouldn’t be possible to accidentally press it while trying to scroll around near the end of the timeline.


This would be a great convenience feature if it was implemented well, but it isn’t. If there is a post-credits scene in an episode, then “Next Episode” will skip it. additionally, there’s a bug that causes “Next Episode” to randomly trigger if you skip / scrub through any portion of a show (say, opening credits). Both of these things cause annoyances in maybe 1/3 of my viewing experiences. If you can’t do it right, please at least let us make it go away.

Suggestions for doing it right:

  1. if a video file is broken into chapters, then only activate it 5 seconds (or whatever) into the last chapter of the video file.

  2. Don’t select it by default when skipping forward / backward or dragging the playback time. It’s easier to drag up to select something then it is to always have to pay attention when skipping / scrubbing through a file because you never know when the stupid buggy thing will rear its annoying head. Note that this isn’t in any one particular file - I have a collection of thousands of files and it seems to happen in any show.

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Any progress on this guys? It’s far too easy to accidentally press the Next button by accident.

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Still driving me bonkers.

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Me too :frowning:

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It appears that this suggestion has been implemented in the latest update. I now have to swipe up to make the Next Episode button clickable.

Edit: It’s hit or miss on this. Sometimes I’ll hit the button to go back 10 seconds and the NE button isn’t clickable, the next time it IS clickable. So maybe this hasn’t been totally solved yet.

I was really hoping something like this would be implemented. I don’t recall seeing Firecore comment on any work in this area — but to me it seems requiring users to opt in (or permitting them to opt out) before enabling new features like this one should be standard practice.

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It’s not changed for me, latest update.

Please please can you do something to fix this it’s SO ANNOYING and causes problems constantly.

I know you’re very busy adding stuff about “Jellyfin”, whatever that is , but this seems like it would be so easy to fix and it’s so annoying and you’ve not even acknowledged it so please do, if you get time before adding the ability to search for 37 types of artwork in different languages or something.


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Any chance of fixing this very annoying yet easily fixed problem guys, if you’re not too busy fixing a problem where Dolby vision looks slightly too blue on a specific model of tv set?

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Yes, I’d love to see it removed or at least unselected as well. That button is totally annoying (and nearly useless). Since it works at the end of an episode, with the Siri remote it takes a couple of seconds MAX to skip to the end, having the next episode starting. This is what I used to do and never bothered me.

@james Couldn’t anyone check into this? It really shouldn’t take long.


Agree. I hate the implementation of this feature — it has degraded my user experience instead of enhancing it.

Imo, new features should only be introduced after care is taken to make sure existing usability isn’t detrimentally impacted. If that wasn’t deemed possible given the resources available, a simple settings toggle to disable the newly added code would have sufficed.

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100%. It’s the only thing I hate about the app. And it would be so easy to fix but they haven’t even acknowledged it.

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