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Quick fixes: take a screenshot on your streaming video service

Screen showing streaming networks surrounded by small illustrations.
Illustration by Samar Haddad / The Verge

The issue

Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and HBO Max have chosen to protect their copyright by placing a black overlay over any screenshot made of one of their videos.

Quick fix

Shut off hardware acceleration on any Chromium-based browser.

The full story

Back in 2018, before I was on staff at The Verge, I was working as a freelance writer. Things had gotten a little slow when a friend sent me an ad from a production company looking for extras to play “Jewish Resort Guests” for an episode in the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It sounded like fun, so I applied — and was offered two days of work in two separate scenes.

Cut to today. Recently, I was telling the story, and a friend asked if I had…

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