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It also took me a long time to realize that you could turn this feature off. Login to your Netflix account through a browser, then click on your name/profile on the top right (I assume that it is always your name, at least it is on my account. In the resulting drop-down menu, click on “YOUR ACCOUNT” then go to the “YOUR PROFILE” section. Click on “PLAYBACK SETTINGS” and uncheck the box beside “Play next episode automatically.”
I wish it was easier to toggle this feature on and off. For some shows, especially if I’m getting in some quality couch time on a rainy Saturday, I like when it plays automatically and skips the opening and end credits. Other times, I don’t want to scramble for the controller to try to stop the next episode from playing.