Last month, I noted that one tv series replaced 4 pages for its 4 seasons with 1 Netflix page for the whole show. I predicted this was a sign of a coming overhaul. This weekend, thanks to the imperfect recommendation system, I spotted the change in listings for "Xena," "21 Jump Street," and the excellent "Farscape." I have no idea why these genre shows were chosen for the upgrade.
I'm happy to have some news that's my own, that isn't re-posted off tAVC or Aint It Cool. Nobody likes an "I told you so," but my prediction was right: Netflix is changing the way that it displays its multi-season TV shows for the Streaming audience.
The new format is more versatile; you can choose between episodes and seasons smoothly. It's also more efficient - gone are 5 pages for the whole run of "21JS." I guessed it was a gradual change, and it looks like I'm right.
After I noticed the latest additions, I scanned through Streaming-available TV series. I found 8 more: "Cagney and Lacy," "Angel," "The A-Team" (snicker), "Quantum Leap," "Columbo" (yay), "Hunter," "Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles" (hahaha), and BBC's "Torchwood." This makes 12 total, including USA's "Psych." A regular superstar wall of great shows, huh?
Yes, Netflix' first choice for this make-over was unusual, and the trend continues. I'm not even talking about the selection of shows, which is obviously strange. I say it's odd because "Angel" was a spin-off from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Xena" followed "Hercules," and "Torchwood" spun-off from "Doctor Who," apparently. None of the parent shows have gotten this special treatment.
Other shows, on-going or over, have yet to receive the same treatment. "24," "A Touch of Frost," "Futurama," "The Rockford Files," "Coupling," and "Law & Order: SVU" - none made the grade. I'm complaining about any of the shows in- or ex-cluded; I just try for good examples.
Of course, I think that this development was motivated by the company's recent focus on the Streaming market. The same system, though, also displays multi-season DVD entries as well, so any Netflix user will benefit once this is a site-wide alteration. I won't over-reach, however, and guess whether or not it'll come standard with all those CBS-owned shows that Netflix recently acquired.
In the end, I still recommend the following as vastly superior to watching TV: exercise, volunteer work, education/job plans, learning to do something new and/or actual social interaction. You'll have an improved way to spend your downtime, tho, if you're in a mind for computerized tv.
I just used less than 500 words. *sigh* A rare gift for us both, right?...