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Netflix's new 'Thumbs' rating system begins today!

04.05.2017

Today's the day that Netflix subscribers get to perform and perfect their best Commodus of the film GLADIATOR impression as the premiere streaming service is set to roll out their new "Thumbs" rating system. In an effort to replace their long-standing star-ratings method, Netflix will employ a thumbs up/down approach to rating its many films, television show and original content. Though the star system is remains in place (for now), Netflix will activate the thumbs icons today, with plans to eventually cast a dark shadow on the stars rating mechanism for good.

Oh look, there's even a handy-dandy video to help gain a better grasp on Netflix's new system:

Netflix representatives gave a brief explanation regarding the change by stating that the original rating method was, "a misunderstood hero - the stars were always a prediction of what you might enjoy. Ratings on Netflix have never been a reflection of popularity. So you might have seen 1-star rating for House of Cards but your politics-obsessed cousin could see 5. Which is why we found a simpler way to help you find the perfect match. It’s kind of like dating apps, actually."

What the new ratings system really boils down to is this: You'll give the service's content a thumbs up or down, which then sends a signal to the Netflix system, helping the network to recommend other titles based on a percentage match.

I think it will be interesting to see how customers react to this new method of anonymous opinion. I know that, in the past, I've ignored content on Netflix due to it receiving one measly star based on viewer opinions. Perhaps this new technique will encourage people to check out more of the streaming networks wares, even if the "Thumbs" system seemingly offers less information about the quality of the content in question.

What do you all think? Are you cool with the thumbs up or down method, or were you totally okay with the stars system helping you to decide what to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.   

Extra Tidbit: Personally, I think the Thumbs system is a bit too non-descriptive for my liking.
Source: Netflix

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5:54PM on 04/06/2017
I've never once relied on Netflix ratings as a guide to what I will watch. If I'm interested in something, I would much rather look up reviews online and with all the content out there, I find it tougher to devote much time to stuff that may be crap, so I'm more vigilant as to what I spend 2 hours on.
I've never once relied on Netflix ratings as a guide to what I will watch. If I'm interested in something, I would much rather look up reviews online and with all the content out there, I find it tougher to devote much time to stuff that may be crap, so I'm more vigilant as to what I spend 2 hours on.
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2:16AM on 04/06/2017

So a 51% rating and a 100% rating now hold equal value...

How is this better?
How is this better?
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3:28AM on 04/06/2017
Not really it'll be a like dislike ratio like on youtube. If you see a youtube video that's 51% it's either partisan or unwatchable.
Not really it'll be a like dislike ratio like on youtube. If you see a youtube video that's 51% it's either partisan or unwatchable.
3:15PM on 04/05/2017
I've clicked on many shows that had a full 5 star rating and they were terrible. It really seemed like people that didnt enjoy the show, wouldn't bother rating it and would go onto something else. Perhaps this will fix that.
I've clicked on many shows that had a full 5 star rating and they were terrible. It really seemed like people that didnt enjoy the show, wouldn't bother rating it and would go onto something else. Perhaps this will fix that.
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2:51PM on 04/05/2017
the majority of the things on there i rate 3 stars because they arent bad but they arent great either, they are just ok. how are we supposed to convey that with this system?
the majority of the things on there i rate 3 stars because they arent bad but they arent great either, they are just ok. how are we supposed to convey that with this system?
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2:09PM on 04/05/2017
I have found some shows based on their recommends, but it almost seems arbitrary, and I'm getting the same recommendations regardless of what I've watched and given a high rating too. I also would be curious if people took the time to give something three stars. I'm fine with the change, but don't think it will change my viewing habits.
I have found some shows based on their recommends, but it almost seems arbitrary, and I'm getting the same recommendations regardless of what I've watched and given a high rating too. I also would be curious if people took the time to give something three stars. I'm fine with the change, but don't think it will change my viewing habits.
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2:00PM on 04/05/2017
I've never liked Netflix's rating system. It drives me insane that I will 5 Star something like Breaking Bad and it recommends Gilmore Girls "because you watched Breaking Bad" or something totally ridiculous that has no similarities in any way.
I've never liked Netflix's rating system. It drives me insane that I will 5 Star something like Breaking Bad and it recommends Gilmore Girls "because you watched Breaking Bad" or something totally ridiculous that has no similarities in any way.
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