Have 'Up next' show next episode starting from most recently watched
This probably isn't a hugely common use case but one I have experienced more than once.
Basically, sometimes I will see later episodes of a show for various reasons – it's on cable, I watch it with someone at their place, etc. – and afterwards start from the beginning. However, until I reach the point of the later episode – which could be half a dozen seasons in – my "next episode" will continue to show something I won't get to for another month.
It's not a huge deal since I can of course just find the earlier episodes through the season list but it's definitely more inconvenient than just being able to click a button on the home page.
My proposal is to change the default behavior of (or add an option to change) the 'Up next' list so that the next episode is the one that comes after the user's most recently-watched episode.
For the average user who watches episodes sequentially or even skip episodes, nothing will change for them. For users like myself who occasionally watch episodes/seasons out of order, this will be a great QoL improvement. I cannot think of any drawbacks to this approach and it seems like it should be a simple query change.
Good idea and one I’ve been thinking about for a while actually. I added a new setting “Calculate Up Next Using” at https://trakt.tv/settings#progress and if you set that to “Last episode watched” it will adjust the progress based on that. This will adjust your watched progress and the dashboard up next.
Let me know how it works.
Rasmus Hartwich commented
I started watching Curb Your Enthusiam this season - and the "Up Next" is constantly showing me "Season 1 Episode 1" of the show. I don't want to hide the entire show, because I'm still keeping track of the current season each week. Is it possible to hide seasons and not an entire show? It's very annoying to have Curb 'stuck' on the front page even though I'm up to date with the season. (I have enabled "Calculate Up Next Using Last episode watched" and it didn't help)
Awesome; thanks Justin!