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The 1-5 star rating system will be tossed out in favor of the new thumbs up/thumbs down option. The new system will be released in April.
Some Netflix viewers are already skeptical; however, Netflix has great reasoning behind the overhaul. After a/b testing, Netflix concluded that with the simpler thumbs up/thumbs down option, 200% more viewers cast a vote with their opinion on the content they watched. More data, more reliable information, right?
Netflix also expressed that the five-star system wasn’t accurately representing viewers’ habits. While an Oscar-winning documentary would get five stars, other lower-brow content were getting many, many more views.
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The proof is in the numbers, and we have a feeling viewers might soon side with the new rating format.
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