Since Netflix debuted the Instant Watch service almost a decade ago, their various web interfaces have been met with criticism, and their latest hasn’t been changed since 2011 – until now. Fingers crossed that this is the layout that finally does the service justice.

Netflix’s website is in no way a disaster, but it leaves enough to be desired that there’s a fairly popular God Mode UI hack floating around, as well as several sites like InstantWatcher.com and FeedFlix.com that save people from having to use the official Instant Watch site.

The new layout can be seen in the screenshot below and should be rolling out en masse sometime next month, though some users have been getting it early. The idea behind the layout is to get more content visible with less scrolling required, making for faster browsing.

New Netflix Web Interface On The Way

As an avid Netflix user and a borderline-obsessed movie fan, the thing I want more than anything is customization. I care much less about the layout than I do the movies that are shown to me. I don’t want the “Watch it Again” category taking up a quarter of my screen when there’s so much new stuff I could be watching. I don’t like that the row titled “Continue Watching” is full of movies that I finished; I have to assume that they’re there simply because I didn’t watch until the very end of the credits. Maybe items should be removed from that category after you’ve rated them, signify that you’ve watched them. And I don’t particularly care what’s “Trending Now,” but I understand that some folks might, which is why I want customization.


I love Netflix, but I don’t love Netflix.com, and I wish I did.

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