TheEndless wrote:Have you disabled "browse and search in Netflix" on your Roku via Settings->Netflix Settings? I think that would accomplish what you're wanting.
Thanks for your suggestion, TE. Disabling Browse and Search in the Roku Netflix Settings leaves me with online sites as my only alternative for browsing and searching. I don't object to those
features. Specifically, what would satisfy me most would be toggles that can disable/enable various features. It's enough for me to see the genre categories under the Search. I don't really need to see Recently Watched, since it even displays movies that I stopped watching after just a few minutes. I don't care for any of those "you-might-also-enjoy" suggestions since television is rife with trailers for every new film that premieres in theaters. By the time they get to Netflix I already know whether or not I want to view them. The most user-centric solution would be to provide enable/disable toggles for each field generated by the Netflix software. My ideal setup would be the following...I would disable:
1. All selections displayed to either side of the Search box.
2. Recently Watched
3. The row after row of suggestions based on genres the Netflix software presumes I've watched (because I haven't really
watched all of them)
4. The Like
rows based on specific movies the software presumes I've watched (same reason - I haven't really
watched half of them)I would leave enabled:
1. New Arrivals
for both Movies and TV
2. The regular Movies
3. All the typical Genre fields:
Action & Adventure, Anime & Animation, Children & Family, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Foreign, Horror, Independent, Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
I value browsing the genres and if I think there might be something to watch that isn't displayed on the Netflix home screen, I can search the online database(s). I have none of the techphobia that frustrates many people my age. I've been troubleshooting, hacking, and tweaking personal computers for 30 years. In fact, it's because of my familiarity with computers that I find fault with the lack of options and the clumsy GUIs on Netflix, Hulu, and other Roku channels. Granted, the simplicity of Roku's remote control may attract a wider range of potential viewer-users. It's just that I'm spoiled by my other tech toys.
But thanks for thinking of me. Your suggestion did achieve what I wanted, but it also eliminated those other things that I would prefer to leave enabled.