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These secret codes will unlock Netflix's hidden categories – and there are LOADS of them

by December 25, 2017 General

Netflix has a lot of content to choose from – it’s just finding it all that’s the problem .

Thankfully, Netflix engineers add category codes to create a bank of sub-genres for all the films and TV shows on the service.

So each piece of content gets filed into a specific sub-genre that’s recorded by the numerical code on the genre URL.

An example looks like this:

By changing the digits of the code at the end, you can browse through thousands of categories on the streaming service.

Not all the codes will take you somewhere, which is a by-product of Netflix’s shifting catalogue and international availability.

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But the brains at Gizmodo have done some digging and found two websites keeping track of the codes.

The first is a Google document that breaks down the codes in numerical order whilst the second, Netflix Streaming by Alternate Genre , provides the genres in an alphabetical list.

If you’re always looking to watch more Critically-Acclaimed Visually-Striking Gory Movies (781) or Movies Based On Children’s Books (10056) then these lists will be a life-saver.

During its press conference at CES this year , Netflix revealed it is now available in 130 countries around the world.

“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said company CEO Reed Hastings.

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“With this launch, consumers around the world — from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo — will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously — no more waiting.”

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