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Netflix created a doorbell ‘hack’ for Halloween so you never have to stop binging

Now you don't have to leave your couch on Halloween.


Audra Schroeder


Published Oct 25, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 5:37 pm CDT

It’s a modern dilemma: What do you do on Halloween when those pesky trick-or-treaters interrupt your Skin Wars binge?  

Netflix revealed that pause rates spike every Halloween, as viewers get up to hand out candy to kids. So it’s devised a branded doorbell “hack” that lets trick-or-treaters know you can’t be bothered to get up and interact with humans because you’re watching Netflix. 

To make the doorbell, which can be customized with a song from one of your favorite shows, you “should be comfortable with basic electronics, physical fabrication, and Arduino programming.” 

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*First Published: Oct 25, 2016, 1:15 pm CDT