Netflix streaming via PC is an amazing utility – comes handy in many ways to a movie lover. It is cheap, fast with a good collection of movies. I thought listing couple of ideas that came to my mind which can make my movie watching (snail mail option and the streaming) a better experience than today. These may be possible to achieve with Netflix APIs but as of today I am not able to see them via my account in Netflix.
- Better navigation and movie selection options. Current Netflix GUI limits the ability of the user to see all the new movies in the order they released. Some weird algorithms kick in and the user sees a preselected movie selection even in the new movies section. Ok, users are allowed to search by movie name if they know what they are searching for. So I typically go to amazon.com or similar movie sites online and find out the new DVDs that are coming to market and then go to Netflix to add them.
- Get New Movies faster to a given user. Current Netflix algorithm will not look for the duration that a movie sits in the queue of a particular customer as a option to allow them to watch it at a reasonable time. The idea I am proposing is to add this factor in determining whether to push a user to the top of the queue for a particular movie. This way a user who takes the pain to investigate and research about a movie earlier will get to watch it comparatively faster based on the time stamp when they added the movie to their queue.
- Provide sub-titles to Netflix streaming movies. Many people with kids watch movies late in the night may want to utilize the sub title option – this is outside of the group of folks who really needed the closed captioning. So Netflix is loosing attention from these market segments. My suggestion is to allow individual users to use their own subtitle files to start with if Netflix have issues with streaming them.
- Marketing not just via advertisements but via more web 3.0 way! I visualize seeing Add to My Queue Netflix badges in popular movie sites like Yahoo Movies so that the moment I see a trailer or new movie discussion I can add the movie to my Netflix queue right there. But this might add more trouble to Netflix movie inventory management but that is their problem related managing user base growth and movie demand.
With all the above said limitations, I still like Netflix for their fast and customer friendly service and innovation in the market segment. I hope to see more improvments to Netflix in the coming months.