Netflix will soon be changing its ratings system for the
first time in several years, switching from a traditional
five-star rating to a thumbs-up / thumbs-down system, Netflix vice
president of product Todd Yellin said in a press briefing today.
“Five stars feels very yesterday now,” Yellin said. “We’re
spending many billions of dollars on the titles we’re producing
and licensing, and with these big catalogs, that just adds a
challenge.” He added that “bubbling up the stuff people actually
want to watch is super important.”
I give this change a thumbs-up. Everyone knows what “like” and “dislike” mean. People have very different opinions on 1-5 star ratings.