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Netflix Tweaks Web Interface, Ditches Carousel

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Netflix is planning some changes in the website that will be exciting for the users, says a report from The Verge. The online streaming company has been a harbinger of change in the streaming industry, but its website is far from being perfect as some of the features are quite irksome. To address those shortcomings, Netflix is redesigning its online platform.

No more carousels

According to TechCrunch, the update will be available to all in June, although Netflix has not officially said when it will roll out the new user interface to all users. With the update, Netflix plans to bring the web interface more in line with its appearance on a mobile device or gaming console.

In March, Netflix rolled out a small update that allowed better viewing of content to all those using a computer. The “God Mode” reportedly did away with all the exasperating rides and removed all thumbnails on Netflix.com. With the new feature, a user could see all available content at once without the need to scroll down. And now, it looks like Netflix is aware that viewers do not like the carousels, therefore, the company is testing the new interface that will hopefully solve the issue.

Netflix rolled out the tweaked feature to selected users to get insight on the new website interface. Users were selected at random, and the new interface appears to be more refined than the older user interface. Instead of carousels, now Netflix has added a better layout, says the report. The display will now show fewer titles and bigger thumbnail images that can be further expanded to show more information. Users will no longer be required to go to a separate link for information on titles.

Netflix strives to make user experience better

Netflix’s redesign of its user interface is part of a bigger plan under which the streaming company is restructuring its interface for customers in a multi-screen era. The company is aware that users want the same experience irrespective of the device they are using to watch the content. For this objective, Netflix started its “Recommended TV” program, giving guidelines to TV manufacturers.

This will be Netflix’s first UI transformation since 2011. Users accessing Netflix through their Sony PlayStation, Xbox 360 or Roku will not see any substantial changes. However, those following Netflix shows on the web browser can see the changes.

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