Though Netflix offers hundreds of thousands of different movie titles and television shows, after awhile you might find yourself in a rut, with nothing new and interesting to watch. Here are a few tips on how to understand your Netflix account better, and how to get the most out of your experience.
Managing your discs.
The disc queue works just how you’d think it would. Your suggestions are based mainly on the way you rate discs, and what discs you put in your queue. Just focus on organizing your queue with the movies you’re most interested in at the top of the list, and always rate discs after you’ve watched and returned them. This will keep your suggestions fresh and new based on your own opinions.
Managing Netflix Streaming.
Your suggestions on Netflix streaming are a little more complicated. First of all, keep your list on Netflix streaming clean and organized. If you have some old programs saved in there that you watched and didn’t care for, remove them. Keeping them around just clutters your home page and makes it feel stale.
Also make sure you understand how Streaming suggestions work. Suggestions are based partially on your ratings of other programs, but maybe not in the way that you would think. If you rate a movie poorly, for example, Netflix is likely to decrease suggestions from the whole genre it falls under. Now if you generally like Sci-Fi but you didn’t care for the last Sci-Fi film you watched so you rate it poorly, that could create a problem because suddenly you’re missing out on a lot of suggestions you could really enjoy. So pay attention to genres, and if you don’t like the specific program but like its genre, rate it high anyways. And vice versa.
Utilizie Netflix’s newer profiles option if there are several Netflix users in your family, too. For example,make your children their own kids-friendly profile on your account, and that way what they watch won’t influence your suggestions, and you won’t have to see all the childrens’ programs on your Netflix homepage anymore!
Lastly, your Streaming suggestions are based on actual playtimes for the programs you rate. Meaning that if regardless of whether you rate a program highly, if you don’t finish the program, or don’t watch it at all on Netflix, it’s not going to have as much of a weight on your suggestions. That might sound a little annoying, especially if you’ve already watched your favorite movies and television shows several times, but here’s a good solution: let your favorite programs play in the background on mute while you do other things. Just allowing the programs you like to play form beginning to end will make a huge influence on your Streaming suggestions. Be aware that this also works in the reverse; if you find you’re not enjoying a movie, it’s wise to turn it off before it reaches the end.
Making a good connection.
When it comes to Netflix Streaming, it might feel a little dull if you only use your computer to watch programs. What you may not know is that there are several different ways to connect Netflix Streaming right onto your television! There are apps you can download to your Wii or Xbox in order to play Netflix right from the device on your TV set, and then you’ll be able to control Netflix from your gaming controllers or remotes. You can also connect your computer via HDMI cable to your TV set to enjoy your favorite shows on the big screen, and many newer DVD and Blu-Ray players com with the built-in programming necessary to play Netflix Streaming from your TV screen. The possibilities are endless.