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How the new Netflix thumbs rating will help you find your next show to binge

When choosing the next show to binge on Netflix we often rely on the show’s star rating but a simpler and more intuitive method has been introduced – the thumbs up, thumbs down system.

Netflix knows not everyone’s taste is the same and even though you gave Stranger Things five stars someone else might have only rated it one star.

So now rather than relying on the opinions of people who might not share your tastes, the new thumbs system puts you in charge of finding the shows that will interest you.

When you give a show a thumbs up, Netflix will provide similar suggestions.

And if you give a show the thumbs down, that gives Netflix information on the shows you’re not a fan of.

Either way, the thumbs system lets Netflix know your unique tastes and a personalised percentage matching system.

netflixthumbs1In fact, it’s a similar algorithm that’s used to match people on dating sites.

But instead of finding the love of your life, you’re given the choices on the next show you’ll be investing your time in.

The percentage matching system is not a measure of overall popularity, it’s to help Netflix predict what shows you’ll like.


The thumbs ratings will teach the system about your tastes and find you great content.

Replacing the star system with thumbs has been in testing for 12 months and there was a remarkable 200 per cent increase in ratings activity.

Now all you need do to find your next show is give a thumbs up.


About Stephen Fenech

Stephen is the Tech Guide editor and one of Australia's most respected tech journalists. He is a regular on radio and TV talking about the latest tech news, products and trends.

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