Friday, February 14, 2014

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Netflix Subscription

Netflix houses a massive number of TV shows and movies that can be difficult to navigate, especially since your preferences are altered by every move you make. Fortunately, there are things you can do, to expand your cultural horizons make sure you always find the best possible thing to binge watch. HuffPost TV spoke to the Vice President of Product Todd Yellin to try to understand the science behind the (approximately) 76,897 micro-genres that Netflix currently offers. Here's how to get the most of your subscription, according to the "guru" of entertainment content.

Play movies and shows that you've already seen and know you like from outside of Netflix ...
The Netflix algorithm is guided by both implicit and explicit data, but the implicit information is rated more heavily. In English, that means: what you actually watch is weighted more heavily than what you say you like to watch. For example, it couldn't hurt to let your favorite movie run in the background of your screen, because that will influence your categories much more strongly than telling Netflix you like it by simply rating it five stars or adding it to your queue. "People aren’t always accurate or honest about their own tastes," says Yellin. And that's why they've geared the algorithm to provide titles to reflect actual rather than projected streaming behavior.

... and don't stop after the first few minutes.

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