Netflix adds long-demanded Picture in Picture support on iPad

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Streaming video service Netflix has updated its iOS app with one of the most requested features for the platform, Picture in Picture mode on the iPad.

On compatible iOS 9 tablets, the options lets people start playback inside the app but continue watching in a thumbnail view elsewhere after pressing the Home button. Pop-up commands can expand or close the window, and pause or resume playback.

Picture in Picture requires at least an iPad Air or iPad mini 2.

While Netflix has often been relatively quick to support new Apple technologies like 3D Touch, it has held off on Picture in Picture despite iPad multitasking launching with iOS 9 in September 2015. In fact the app still lacks Split View, though it does allow Slide Over.

The Netflix iOS app runs on any device with iOS 8 or later. In the U.S., subscriptions cost between $7.99 and $11.99 per month.