Yep, you read that title right! Netflix is kicking the option to rate the movies or shows that you’re watching out of five stars. The company is replacing it with what they think is a more simple feature: thumbs up or thumbs down.
Come April, you’ll be able to simply like or dislike whatever you’re watching, similar to what you do on Pandora or social networking sites. The company finds that people in general respond better to A or B questions. The streaming service tested hundreds of thousands of people and results showed a 200 percent increase in ratings being given.
Netflix seems to think that making the ratings simpler would let the services algorithm figure out what users would want to watch more effectively. This comes after the service noticed that users would rate documentaries with five stars, and silly movies with just three stars, but still watch silly movies more often than those high-rated documentaries according to Variety.
These new findings are also the cause of a new feature that will be introduced called percent matching. The feature will display a percent of likeliness of how predictable it is that you’ll like the show or movie presented to you. For example, if you see a 95 percent next to The Office it means the streaming outlet thinks that you’ll have a 95 percent chance of enjoying the show based on previous viewing habits.
The news has left users split. Lots of people see doing away with rating something out of five stars is a good thing because it requires too much thought anyway according to Tech Crunch. The other half hates the “yes or no” option. True, these people may be indecisive in general, but they have a point. Deciding that you either like or dislike sounds easy, but what if you thought that the movie or show was okay but you wouldn’t watch it again so you would usually give it a three star rating and be on your way but now you have to give a definitive answer.
Also, from a viewing perspective, you would now have to read the reviews to decide if you want to give something a shot instead of deciding off of the usual rating system that has been pretty helpful in the past. Regardless of how you feel about it, the big change is coming sooner than later so you better get ready to decide if you like it or if you don’t.
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By Rikkaya Wilson
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