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Netflix streaming user profiles to launch this summer, make account sharing easier


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#1 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:58 AM

Netflix streaming user profiles to launch this summer, make account sharing easier
 
Ask Netflix Vice President of Product Innovation Todd Yellin what makes the streaming giant special, and he'll start telling you about algorithms, test groups and suggestion engines. "It's the revolution of TV," he explained to us at E3. "They used to send out a TV show and then they'd have no freaking idea who was watching it, how much they were watching ... it was just Nielsen diaries." A woefully inaccurate way to track content consumption, Yellin suggested. Netflix, on the other hand, can tell what folks are watching, when they are watching it, for how long and even on what device. Netflix uses all this information to offer users extremely specific suggestions and categories based on their recent use. The problem is, many families share a single account, and all their different tastes mix into a nonsensical mess. "You and your wife might have very different tastes," Yellin explained. "Why can't you have a profile, and she has a profile?" Separating the users on the family account would allow each user to get tailored suggestions based on their personal viewing experience. "We're finally launching it this summer."
 
 
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#2 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:01 AM

Finally!  No more mixing of my wife and daughter's ratings with mine!   :up:  


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 02:29 PM

Nice.

I wonder how this will work on devices, such as TVs, PS3, Wii, etc.


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Posted 01 August 2013 - 06:28 AM

Netflix individual profile rollout brings up to five unique experiences per account
 
Netflix is finally ready to deliver individual profiles for its streaming service, meant to satisfy households with shared accounts by providing everyone their own settings, viewing history and (where available) queue. Profiles are coming to all Netflix regions starting today, but may take a couple of weeks to appear on every account as they roll out gradually. 
 
Device support will also take some time to hit everywhere even though most clients are ready for profiles today. Two platforms not yet sorted are Android and the Nintendo Wii, where support will arrive "later in the fall" and in mid-August, respectively. 
 
Once the new feature is available however, it should be easy for users to access and setup, as we learned from Chief Produce Officer Neil Hunt that focusing on ease of use was the company's main priority. 
 
 

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 11:49 AM

 

Netflix individual profile rollout brings up to five unique experiences per account
 
Netflix is finally ready to deliver individual profiles for its streaming service, meant to satisfy households with shared accounts by providing everyone their own settings, viewing history and (where available) queue. Profiles are coming to all Netflix regions starting today, but may take a couple of weeks to appear on every account as they roll out gradually. 
 
Device support will also take some time to hit everywhere even though most clients are ready for profiles today. Two platforms not yet sorted are Android and the Nintendo Wii, where support will arrive "later in the fall" and in mid-August, respectively. 
 
Once the new feature is available however, it should be easy for users to access and setup, as we learned from Chief Produce Officer Neil Hunt that focusing on ease of use was the company's main priority. 
 
 

 

 

I've had quite an experience with NF recently.  My "Recently Viewed" list kept coming up with kid's shows and some soft porn (I guess that's what it was, the names of the movies led me to that conclusion) and some blatantly homosexual shows (not that there's anything wrong with that).  I called NF and was told that an X-Box was being used to view those shows.  OK, I thought my son's account (same name, different accounts) might have been mixed up, but I've never seen him watching such content.  I checked his X-Box after that call and that is on his account, not mine.  The woman I spoke to wiped out the X-Box from my account.  Thought everything would be all right, but nothing changed. Figured it would just take some time.

 

So, the other day I called and got a guy and asked him how long it would take for the stuff to be off my "Recently Viewed" list and was told it wouldn't as long as the X-Box and the PS3 were on my account.  

 

Asked my son what was going on with the X-Box and PS3 and he told me he had upgraded to the new platforms and sold his old X-Box and old PS3.  Without wiping them clean (if you can do that).  So, a couple people were using those platforms to access my account.  I called again and had every streaming device removed from my account.  Changed my password and that seems to have solved the problem.

 

Moral:  If you sell a streaming device, send it back or give it away, make sure you try to wipe it clean and be sure to change your password.

 

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 07:05 PM

Well, I checked on-line and I don't have the ability to create a profile yet. I'm glad that they finally instituted this. I've been requesting this as a feature request for years now.

 

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 11:35 AM

Well, I checked online and I don't have the ability to create a profile yet. I'm glad that they finally instituted this. I've been requesting this as a feature request for years now.

 

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I went thru the process yesterday.  Took a while.  Probably take a bit of time to get all the garbage off my account.

 

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Posted 03 August 2013 - 11:38 AM

While some folks are paying attention to this thread, if you have the speed to get the streaming "Super HD", the PQ simply blows away the 1080i we see on our DVRs.

 

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 05:22 PM

While some folks are paying attention to this thread, if you have the speed to get the streaming "Super HD", the PQ simply blows away the 1080i we see on our DVRs.

 

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:12 PM

I went thru the process yesterday. Took a while. Probably take a bit of time to get all the garbage off my account.

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Okay, I found that if you go to www.netflix.com/EditProfiles it will let you create profiles even if it is not officially turned on yet. I don't like that you can't move stuff from one profile to another. While I did get them set up, I can't access them unless I use the website or my Apple TV. I don't get prompted for a profile when using my iPad or iPhone.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:45 AM

Okay, I found that if you go to www.netflix.com/EditProfiles it will let you create profiles even if it is not officially turned on yet.

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I went thru the process yesterday.  Took a while.  Probably take a bit of time to get all the garbage off my account.

 

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Rich,

 

I used the link provided by Merv, and all I was able to do was create a new profile.  Were you able to tell Netflix who watched what in the past?  If so, what device do you use to connect?


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:54 AM

Rich,

 

I used the link provided by Merv, and all I was able to do was create a new profile.  Were you able to tell Netflix who watched what in the past?  If so, what device do you use to connect?

 

Now I'm not sure exactly what I did.  I filled out a questionnaire under the profile link that took quite awhile on my computer.  Haven't seen any signs of an individual profile on my streaming BD players or computer yet.  For all I know, that questionnaire could have been there for years.

 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 06:56 AM

Rich,

 

I used the link provided by Merv, and all I was able to do was create a new profile.  Were you able to tell Netflix who watched what in the past?  If so, what device do you use to connect?

 

Since I'm the only one in my home that uses my NF account, I'm not sure what happens next.  

 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:01 AM

It appears that at this time you can only do the profiles thing on the PS3.  That's from the NF website.  Apparently what I did was fill in a "Taste" profile.

 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:07 AM

Now I'm not sure exactly what I did.  I filled out a questionnaire under the profile link that took quite awhile on my computer.  Haven't seen any signs of an individual profile on my streaming BD players or computer yet.  For all I know, that questionnaire could have been there for years.

 

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Thank - must not be there for me yet.

 

The only link for me on that Profile link is 'To choose how many discs each profile can have at a time, go to Profile DVD Options.'

 


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:19 AM

Thank - must not be there for me yet.

 

The only link for me on that Profile link is 'To choose how many discs each profile can have at a time, go to Profile DVD Options.'

 

I don't even see that.  I'll have to look again.

 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:23 AM

Thank - must not be there for me yet.

 

The only link for me on that Profile link is 'To choose how many discs each profile can have at a time, go to Profile DVD Options.'

 

Found that and I'm the only one on it, so that's correct.  I could not go any further tho.  Got a "Not yet working" message.

 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 07:26 AM

Thanks for taking the time - guess we'll have to wait.  The primary way we use Netflix here is with our Rokus, and they are not updated yet.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:15 AM

Thanks for taking the time - guess we'll have to wait.  The primary way we use Netflix here is with our Rokus, and they are not updated yet.

 

You're welcome.  I've bought quite a few Rokus and have either sent them back or sold them.  For some reason, I just don't like them. So far, I've had two Roku 3s and quickly sent both back.  The last one couldn't lock on my router in wireless mode even tho it was four feet away from the router.  Nothing wrong with the router.  Over the last couple years, I've tried many streaming devices and have decided to stick with the BD players for streaming.  

 

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:22 AM

We have two 2's.  One is wired (home theater) and one is wireless (bedroom).  They both work great.  

 

My router is a Netgear WNDR3700.  I've had it for a few years and it's been fantastic.  Both wireless frequencies are very strong.  I can stream to an iPod 1/2 acre away in a shed by the pool for music out there.........

 

I also have a WD Live Plus (also wired) for streaming media files from my NAS.  I think these devices should be wired if at all possible [stating the obvious here].


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