Netflix Is Ditching Its Five-Star Rating System For A Simpler One

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Netflix Is Ditching Its Five-Star Rating System For A Simpler One

To back up the change further, Netflix says that it's run tests that show its users will rate films with a thumbs up/thumbs down system more often than the old 5-star ratings. The company says it settled on the new system after testing it with hundreds of thousands of users a year ago and discovering that they were 200% more likely to rate a movie when the choice was just up or down, Variety reports. Comparing the two methods, the company discovered that users were overwhelmingly more likely to rate a movie when given a binary choice than when faced with the traditional star-rating system.

The change will go into effect globally, beginning in April, Netflix Vice President of Product Todd Yellin said at a Thursday press briefing, according to The Verge. That means a close fit will show something in the 90 percent range, while something that you probably won't like will hover around 50 or 60 percent. The streaming site is ditching its current rating system and replacing it with a thumbs up/down system similar to YouTube's - or your favorite porn site. "This is about making your Netflix experience within your world better".

On top of the new system, Netflix will also be incorporating a new percent-match feature that will match you to movies via a simple percentage pairing. "We're finding these clusters of people and then we're figuring out who is like you, who enjoys these kinds of things, and then we're mixing and matching those", Yellin explained.

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Netflix has been experimenting with the thumb system for months. Why doesn't Netflix create an actual dating service that matches people up based on the TV shows or movies that we like. That's not clear. A five-star rating makes it easy to see at a glance whether a certain series or new movie is worth a shot. It will give certain titles a percentage based on a user's past ratings and what they have watched.

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