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

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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