Netflix is replacing its star rating system with Facebook-style thumbs

Netflix to ditch star ratings

Netflix announced today that it would ditch its standard five-star rating scheme in favor of a much more simple thumbs up or down option.

According to The Verge, Todd Yellin, Netflix's Vice president of product, said in a press briefing that "five stars feels very yesterday now". Netflix will also reportedly start showing users an algorithm-based percentage match for each show and movie, giving people an idea of how likely they are to enjoy it.

The new rating system and percent-match feature will roll out globally starting in April. It's essentially making ratings less important because it now thinks user behavior is more important.

The streaming-video giant is replacing its star ratings with "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" buttons, echoing the ratings icons used by Facebook, YouTube, and Pandora.

It was revealed earlier on Friday that Netflix will no longer give subscribers the opportunity to play movie critic by carefully considering star ratings to inform future recommendations and aid the community at large.

News of the ratings switch came just a day after comedian Amy Schumer claimed trolls flooded her new Netflix standup special with one-star ratings. While only you, in your heart, know how many stars you'd give to any of the titles on this list, it's fair to say that for many of them, these ratings don't reflect their perceived quality outside the Netflix app. If that's the only kind of data users see from thumb ratings it won't be as helpful as a raw percentage of a certain title's popularity with other Netflix viewers. Netflix five star system has been in place for years and it can be handy, especially if you just want to look at the top rated picks. The system wasn't meant to give an idea of how good a program was, either from the perspective of viewers or critics (like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes), but rather how close something was to what you wanted to watch. Netflix will also introduce a "percent match" score based on what content its users are watching.

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