Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Participate in the Netflix Community

For a couple weeks we've been playing with a more dynamic and social set of community features, and about 450 people have joined up. Unlike this blog, which is primarily me talking to you (with a running commentary, of course), the Community Forums offer an opportunity for y'all to interact with each other: to share movie ideas and to create special interest groups on whatever topics that you'd like. You can ask questions that others can answer, and because many employees (and very active Netflix members) visit there as well, there are plenty of good sources for information and answers.

It improves constantly, but I think the "early adopters" have done some fine work and it might be ready for more of you to visit or "join" (yes, you must sign up when you arrive - but it's quick and painless and pretty easy to connect with your profile on Netflix). It's not part of the Netflix website (it is run at a place called Ning), but it's fun and social and all about Netflix and movies.

Monday, February 11, 2008


So as not to totally hijack Meghan's posting about Search, this is a space for gripes (or cheers) of today's announcement concerning the Netflix support of the Blu-Ray HD format. I have little to add to the press release. Netflix has inventory of HD-DVD titles currently, and will continue to ship them to those who Queue them as possible. I think it was clear that the plan is simply not to continue to purchase that format, which over time will naturally phase out. Money that might have been spent on new titles in that format will shift to increasing inventory of the Blu-Ray titles, which will improve availability, and I believe that the end of an industry war will ultimately make more titles available and lower prices on associated hardware and software.

Comment here, or head to the Community forums at Ning to join the conversation already underway.

Search Updates

Hi! It's me, Meghan.

Perhaps you've noticed some changes in the search results page. I'd like to hear what you think of them.

I'll point out a couple of elements:

We added bigger box shots and better genre matches, as well as a column on the right with movies that you can watch instantly. We also show all formats - so you can tell at a glance, for any movie, if it's available on DVD (and if it's Blu-ray), to watch instantly, or to buy.

We took out the tabs to simplify the page. There's more to come, but I'm interested in hearing what you think of this set of changes. There are still some specific things that you'd like to see happen (like searching synopses, for example), and many of those items are still in progress. I hope you find it easier and more useful.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Help with Pangea Day


Filmmaker Jehane Noujaim, best known for her films Control Room (2004) and Startup.com (2001), is putting together a world day of movies and peace which she calls Pangea Day. She won the coveted TED Prize which galvanized her dream, and now she's wondering if the Netflix Community can help her find movies (or scenes in movies) that uniquely capture the spirit of world peace or human experience. In her words:
"If you had the entire world's attention for only a few minutes, what short film or scene would you show everyone? Movies have such a remarkable way to capture the commonality in us all, sometimes so little can be so inspiring. What would you show?"

Jehane came to the Netflix Community to see if y'all could come up with moments she had not. Only 88 days until Pangea Day. Got suggestions for her?

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Netflix on Your Phone?

I recently discovered that i can access netflix via:
it was built some time ago i think as someone's test, and i am pretty sure no one is working on it these days - but it still seems kinda useful and i thought you guys might be interested in it.

Seems like it might be good for adding movies to your Queue when you're sitting in a theater watching the trailers...

Sunday, February 3, 2008

More Community Experiments

In addition to the message board we had been exploring, we've also got a Facebook page and a ning community. None of these is ideal, but watching how we all use them will give me some insights into where, ultimately, the Community pages at Netflix could evolve to. Try out any that interest you, and share your opinions.

Friday, February 1, 2008

What Gurus Do When They Aren't Watching Movies:

In a test of their skills to solve problems that can only be addressed through working together, the movie folks on the Message Board decided to see if they could come up with the top ranking reviewers (actually, "influencers") in the Netflix Community. In just a few hours, they came up with 8 of the 10:

I'm impressed. Anyone know the missing pair?

Questions? Ask the Gurus.

Got a question about movies you want answered? Can't think of the title of something you saw years ago? Maybe you've got a question about using the Netflix website? Try posting it to the (Experimental) Netflix Community Forum at Ning. There reside hundreds of very smart movie watchers, and I would wager it is hard to stump them. You need to register (it's quick and easy) to be able to post a question (this isn't part of Netflix, it's a sort of fan-run site), but once you do, you can return whenever you want with any sort of question. Try it out, and report back how it went.


UPDATE 2/4/08: I shifted this to focus on the Ning community to keep from confusing everyone.