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Jump to Shark(nado) and more from Netflix's Hack Day

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Nov 7, 2018

Netflix took a big bite out of its bi-annual Hack Day with an option that allows subscribers to skip to all of the shark-related scenes in the Sharknado films (from SYFY) currently on the streaming service. The "Jump to Shark" tool is identical to the way that Netflix lets you skip the opening credits of a certain show, with a special button appearing in the corner of your screen. 

The hackathon, which takes place over a 24-hour period, is a chance for Netflix employees (mainly those with coding experience and expertise) to come up with wacky and creative ideas for the app. Another creation from this year is "Eye Nav," which utilizes Apple's ARKit AR tech and provides users with a way to move around the app by just using their eyes and tongue. 

Watch "Jump to Shark" and "Eye Nav" in action below:

The Sharknado film series wrapped up over the summer after six installments, the final one being The Last Sharknado: It's About Time. Among other things, the concluding story involved time travel, dinosaurs, knights, cowboys, and, of course, lots and lots of sharks. 

Aside from the obvious meaning, "Jump to Shark" could be a reference to the phrase "jumping the shark," three words used to describe a movie or film that's become so ridiculous, that it can no longer be taken seriously. The saying comes from a 1977 episode of Happy Days where Fonzie jet skis over a shark. After the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the phrase became interchangeable with "nuking the fridge."

This is Netflix's ninth-ever hackathon, an event that's taken place twice a year since 2014.

(via Variety)


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