Netflix is getting a makeover on the Web.
All subscribers to the popular video-streaming service are expected to get the new interface next month, but Netflix is letting a subset of its members — including this journalist — test the updated software.
It’s a classy and functional update, for sure. And it makes perusing Netflix.com more fun.
At first glance, the menu simply emanates a higher-quality feel. The white background has been replaced with the black one that’s found on Netflix apps across other platforms such as tablets and video game consoles.
Each program has its own widescreen rectangular icon, instead of the DVD box-shaped ones on the older menu. When you want to scroll through a row of titles, on the new user interface (UI), you simply click on the arrow at the end of a row and all of those titles currently displayed make way for new ones. On the old UI, you had to hold your cursor over the arrow at the end of a row and watch them move left or right, one at a time.
Should you find a movie or TV program that interests you, hover the cursor over it and the icon expands to give you more information — date of production, approval rating and MPAA rating, and a brief synopsis.
Click an arrow at the bottom of the expanded window and a larger window opens with more information and larger images. Ready to watch? Just click the “Play” arrow in the middle of the image and the movie or episode launches. Or click on the plus sign and add it to your list to watch later.
All the changes seem to make sense for users, of which there are now more than 40 million streaming subscribers in the U.S.
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SOURCE: USA Today – Mike Snider