Well, it’s time again for Netflix to update their titles. Today, the internet streaming giant notes that as of May 1, several changes are on the horizon.
In order for them to add more movies, shows, etc, there is a tradeoff. They will be eliminating hundreds of titles, but only the least popular ones, says Slate. What will they be adding? About five hundred more, newer titles.
If you are a Netflix subscriber, this may come as no surprise. There have been plenty of times I have planned to watch a less popular title, and by the time I got around to it, it was no longer available. This explains what was happening.
Because Netflix’s contract with Starz ended last year, quite a few good titles will now be unavailable. That’s a real shame, seeing that Starz owns the internet rights to Sony and Disney movies. It will be interesting to see the effect this has on Netflix.
Netflix spokesman Joris Evers told CNET that the goal for the company is to be a good programmer rather than a broad distributor. “Netflix is a dynamic service, we constantly update the TV shows and movies that are available to our members,” Evers said.
In addition to the changing of the queue, Netflix is also testing out new interfaces, something else to get accustomed to. They will be giving different versions to small groups of users. You may see a list of recommended titles, you may see a list that can be sorted by a few options. They call this A/B testing to see which version you like best. If you get a version you don’t like, just contact customer support to get your old version back.
So there you have it, folks. If you are a subscriber, head on over there to see what’s gone, what’s new, and which version you have.