Have you ever just logged into Netflix not knowing what you wanted to watch, figuring you would let fate decide for you? There are plenty of movies and shows to choose from, and chances are you will find something enjoyable.
For the less daring, reviews are helpful. Granted you don't necessarily want to treat every comment and summary as gospel, but getting opinions from others who have already seen the show or film certainly can't hurt.
If you are the kind of person who crowdsourced your entertainment, however, Netflix is doing you no favors anymore. Beginning this past weekend, reviews are gone.
That's right, you're on your own
If you log into the site now you will notice that user reviews have been deleted. It does not matter if it was a show, movie or any other kind of content, because all of it is gone. Netflix has been looking into doing this for a while, and now it has finally come to fruition.
Instead, the only help you will get when deciding is to look at the match percentage, which is what Netflix shows as a way to guess whether or not you would like a particular show or film. That number is based off your viewing history and whether or not you gave a particular show or film a thumbs up or thumbs down.
It's not a particularly scientific method, nor is it all that in depth. If nothing else, user reviews provided a larger sample size, and therefore was pretty helpful. Yet according to Netflix the feature was removed because not enough people were using it.
Be that as it may, if you relied on reviews to help make decisions for you, Netflix is not helping.
There is another option, though
Just because Netflix will no longer show reviews does not mean they are not out there. Besides sites like IMDB.com, which provide plenty of information about pretty much anything that could show up on your screen, you can check out usa.newonnetflix.info.
Also known as "New On Netflix USA," it is billed as "the most complete source of what's on Netflix in the USA."
On the site you fill find all sorts of information, including expiration dates and removals as well as, you guessed it, ratings. They come courtesy of popular ratings sites like the aforementioned IMDB as well Rotten Tomatoes and some others.
Already a pretty useful site, it will come in especially handy now that Netflix is no longer showing reviews.
Did you know Netflix is testing ads in their programs?
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