Netflix to Change Ratings System to Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Netflix will kill its 5-star rating system in favor of 'thumbs-up, thumbs-down' — here's why

So, instead of Netflix saying that it thinks you'll give some movie a five-star rating, it'll say that it's a 98 percent match with your viewing and rating history.

Netflix began A/B testing the new, thumbs-up-thumbs-down model in 2016 with hundreds of thousands of new members around the world.

Netflix figures it can get a better response from users via a simple thumbs up or thumbs down choice.

Netflix has announced that they have plans to replace user star ratings on the company's popular streaming service.

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You can expect to see the ratings change on your account starting some time in April, and rolling through until everyone's accounts have the new ratings in place. The company says it's not limiting these matches to regional interests, as it's found people are perfectly willing to watch shows from other markets. Subscribers may feel that a documentary like Cowspiracy or The White Helmets deserves five stars, while Everything Must Go or Adventureland shouldn't be given the same consideration. With so many movies and TV shows on offer, Netflix needs to know what's hot in order to help users decide what to watch next.

The thumbs up/thumbs down method is more about improving the viewer's own experience, rather than trying to score content for everyone else, Yellin explains. But future ratings will just be a simple good or bad, and then the site will give you a percentage that predicts whether you would like a show.

Of course, another way of discovering awesome content on Netflix is by checking out DT's carefully curated movie lists, which are updated every month. Sure, you might rate Grease 2 the appropriate two stars, but that doesn't mean you never want to see Michelle Pfeiffer singing "Cool Rider" ever again. For example, Netflix might tell me there is a 95% chance I'll like Stranger Things, but a 38% chance I'll like The Ranch.

Netflix is changing its ratings system from the existing stars to thumbs ups and downs.

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