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Netflix axed its star rating system for thumbs up or down

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Netflix axed its star rating system for thumbs up or down

I know that, in the past, I've ignored content on Netflix due to it receiving one measly star based on viewer opinions.

According to the new Netflix rating system, a thumbs-up lets the company know that you like a title and will use this information to offer future content suggestions.

Almost half (47 per cent) of Netflix users are now outside the United States, a proportion expected to increase as it adds more customers. 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. For example, House of Cards might have a one-star rating when you looked it up, but for someone obsessed with politics, the show might have had 5-stars on its Netflix listing.

Netflix has had star ratings for much of our history, but we've learned through over a year of testing that while we've used stars to help you personalize your suggestions, many of our members are confused about what they do.

"We are retiring our five-star rating system and replacing it with a simpler and more intuitive thumbs-up and thumbs-down", Netflix said in a blog post.

Netflix said that during tests of the thumbs system, it saw a 200% increase in ratings activity. Johnson said Netflix subscribers had been asking for a way to get Netflix to stop suggesting a title. Netflix just wants people to rate more so that it can start serving up the best content for them. It enables you to provide feedback to the recommendations Netflix is serving you - thumbs up if you like it and thumbs down if you don't.

Instead of stars you will see a match rating under shows and movies in future. "Every Netflix member has unique tastes and we're constantly working to improve your personalised suggestions so you'll find something great to watch as quickly as possible", he advises. This feature is personalized and aimed at telling you that the said percentage is how much you'd like a movie or TV show.

'What you do versus what you say you like are different things.

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