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Netflix abandons star rating system, replaces it with thumbs

Netflix abandons star rating system, replaces it with thumbs

Last month we learned that Netflix was planning to get rid of its star rating system and replace it with a simplified, less detailed rating system: thumbs up and thumbs down. That system is now rolling out, with users seeing the thumb ratings instead of the stars that have long dotted the platform. At the heart of the problem, according to Netflix, was a misunderstanding of what the stars meant, and so it is making things more clear.

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Netflix offline downloading feature arrives on Windows 10

Netflix offline downloading feature arrives on Windows 10

Late last year, Netflix introduced a feature for downloading videos onto a mobile device for viewing offline later on. The feature was only available through the mobile app and was limited to only some movies (a substantial number of them, to be fair), and now it has arrived on Windows 10 PCs. The expansion of the feature is rolling out to PC users now.

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The internet’s best April Fools’ 2017 pranks and jokes

The internet’s best April Fools’ 2017 pranks and jokes

Today is the day the collective internet both hates and loves the most: April Fools' Day. It's a day that's plagued by fake headlines and announcements from websites (apart from the existing 'fake news' epidemic), along with humorous and creative joke products from companies and brands. We here at SlashGear won't be participating in the former, but have rounded up some of the best of the latter.

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Netflix’s first big animated movie will be R-rated ‘America: The Motion Picture’

Netflix’s first big animated movie will be R-rated ‘America: The Motion Picture’

Netflix has some episodic animated hits, such as BoJack Horseman, and now it is preparing to offer its first major animated movie: America: The Motion Picture. This animation will be rated 'R' and will feature Channing Tatum as the voice behind George Washington, the movie's lead role. The movie is said to feature a 'revisionist history' storyline.

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Netflix is going to make another four Adam Sandler movies

Netflix is going to make another four Adam Sandler movies

Netflix is expanding its relationship with Adam Sandler and as such has announced that it will be making another four movies with him as the star. Netflix will be responsible for the production and financing, according to the announcement, with the end result being four full-length films made in conjunction with Happy Madison Productions. The movies, of course, will debut on Netflix in all regions where it is available.

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Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux

Netflix does not officially support Linux, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used on the platform. Linux users have been able to play Netflix streaming content using Chrome on Linux for the last couple of years, and now there’s a new browser with the same ability: Firefox. Netflix itself announced the new support, saying that those using Linux should be able to play content using Firefox as of yesterday.

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Netflix ‘Death Note’ trailer shows off latest original movie

Netflix ‘Death Note’ trailer shows off latest original movie

In July 2016, Netflix announced plans to release an original movie based on the Death Note franchise. At the time, Netflix said the movie would premiere on its streaming service in 2017, and now it has released a trailer for the movie, giving fans their first full look at the show. In it we're introduced to the basic premise of the movie, and it all boils down to a glimpse of the series' character Ryuk.

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Comcast’s binge-watching event will include Netflix this year

Comcast’s binge-watching event will include Netflix this year

Comcast has announced that its upcoming fifth annual ‘Xfinity Watchathon Week,’ a binge-watching event starting on April 3, will include Netflix for the first time. Netflix will be among the 50 or so networks participating in the event, giving Xfinity customers a way to watch as much as they want until the clock runs out on April 9. A Netflix subscription isn't necessary to get access to the service on these days.

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New Netflix button lets viewers skip the intros on some shows

New Netflix button lets viewers skip the intros on some shows

Netflix has been busy creating all sorts of new features, including the new rating system that will be introduced in the near future. Joining its busy projects is a new button that will allow viewers to easily skip the intros for certain shows, getting straight to the meat of the content. Netflix confirmed it is testing the button following reports of its existence.

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Netflix is ditching its star ratings and replacing them with thumbs

Netflix is ditching its star ratings and replacing them with thumbs

Netflix’s star ratings will soon be a thing of the past, with the video streaming company planning to soon introduce new thumbs-up and thumbs-down ratings instead. Once those thumbs arrive, you’ll no longer see the stars. Rather, users will be encouraged to give content a thumbs rating which will, depending on whether it is up or down, result in finding similar content or hiding the unwanted show altogether.

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Netflix on interactive content: it was an experiment for kids shows

Netflix on interactive content: it was an experiment for kids shows

Last week, a report surfaced claiming that Netflix is developing TV content for its streaming service that will enable viewers to have an interactive role in the show’s plot, making decisions about what will happen in the show to ultimately shape the outcome. That’s not exactly true, it turns out, as Netflix has revealed that while some element of experimentation did happen involving this, it won’t be something you should expect to see in your favorite original series.

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Nintendo Switch: Netflix, Hulu “will come in time”

Nintendo Switch: Netflix, Hulu “will come in time”

It seems that the Nintendo Switch if off to a pretty strong start, with the console selling out across the US and fans and critics alike singing the praises of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Even with that praise, though, the Switch is still lacking in some other areas. Specifically, aside from Zelda and a few other launch games, there isn't that much to do with the Switch just yet.

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