Netflix Debuted Its New Rating System Today
You can no longer give your favorite movies or shows five stars.
Starting today, when you log in to Netflix to binge-watch a few episodes of The Crown, House of Cards, or Stranger Things, you’ll notice a change in how you rate shows and movies. The streaming service announced a few weeks ago that it was making a change to its rating system, replacing the five-star system with a thumbs up or thumbs down option—and now it’s being implemented across all platforms—desktop, tablet, and phone.
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All you need to do is click thumbs up to let Netflix know you like the show or movie and you want more suggestions; thumbs down lets Netflix know that you’re not a fan and the title won’t show up on your homepage or as recommended. The star rating will also be replaced with a personalized percentage Match score, which predicts the likelihood you’ll enjoy the program. It’s completely personalized just for you, based on your viewing habits and behavior. The more you use the feature, the better your suggestions will be.
If you share an account with family members or roommates and haven’t set up individual profiles yet, this might be the perfect time to start. All you need to do it is click on “Manage Profiles” when you log in.
Netflix hopes that this change will lead to a better, more personalized experience for users. The star rating system was confusing for some, who thought the ratings were based on popularity—they were actually based on your viewing activity and preferences, so two users could have seen different star ratings for the same show. The company stated in a blog post: “when we tested replacing stars with thumbs we saw an astounding 200 percent increase in ratings activity.”
And don’t worry if you were a stickler for giving a star rating for every show or movie you watched—Netflix will still keep that information to suggest content.