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Mar 17, 2017, 02:52 PM
 
There was a lot of consternation in some quarters when Apple Music abandoned the 5-star rating system for a simple Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down approach. So much that Apple eventually relented and brought the feature back ... albeit in a "hidden by default" manner. Well not it looks like Netflix is about to do the same thing. Now if only Apple would do this for iTunes TV Shows and Movies on the AppleTV!

Netflix announced today that it would ditch its standard five-star rating scheme in favor of a much more simple thumbs up or down option.

The streaming service said it had been testing thumbs up and down ratings “with hundreds of thousands of members” in 2016 – and it led to 200% more ratings being given.

This makes sense – giving a five-star rating takes some thought, especially for something like a movie or TV show
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A binary “yes or no” option is much easier for viewers to commit to, especially in a world where we’ve been trained to nonchalantly throw likes around on Instagram and Facebook. So this change should mean that Netflix viewers will rate more shows more often – resulting in more data for Netflix.

Netflix also announced that some of this data will be used for a new percent-match feature – designed to indicate how good of a match a show or movie is for you. So if Netflix thinks you’ll really like a show you could see a 95% or even 100% match. It’s almost like a Rotten Tomatoes rating customized for your liking.

The company also shared some interesting stats surrounding ratings – at one point more than 50% of all members had rated more than 50 different titles on Netflix, including over 10 billion total 5-star ratings.

The changes will roll out within the next month or so for users globally.
Netflix is replacing five-star ratings with thumbs up or down | TechCrunch.com

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Mar 17, 2017, 04:11 PM
 
sounds like the way tivo would recommend shows to you back in the day.
     
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Mar 17, 2017, 04:28 PM
 
^^^

Yep.

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Mar 17, 2017, 05:28 PM
 
Granularity is good.

And there's no option for meh
     
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Mar 17, 2017, 05:51 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Granularity is good.

And there's no option for meh
Sure there is. "Neither" is always an option just like "Thumbs Up" or "Thumbs Down". That's precisely how I do it with Apple Music.

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Mar 17, 2017, 09:49 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Final Dakar View Post
Granularity is good.
In theory, but a lot of that gets wasted.

It ends up like a letter grade. The average isn't at the middle of the scale, it's at the ¾ point.
     
   
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