The recent Netflix channel change adds in one more annoyance. When at the video selection, (for any
video now), it starts playing something. Pretty distracting to the point I can't read the descriptions.
All in all, I can list 6 different annoyances with the Netflix channel on Roku. (Mine is Roku 3, model
4200X.) All I want are options to disable distracting so called features. And yes, I just contacted
Anyone else annoyed with this reduction is user friendlyness?
I actually like it. All the preview is basically a mini trailer for whatever selection you're currently on. I recently added another profile to my Netflix because I am looking to add more stuff to my list, it's helped me find stuff I wouldn't have otherwise seen or been interested in based on the title alone.
I'm glad someone likes the changes. All I want is a choice, (meaning a way to opt out of the auto-play).
If it gets much worse, I may have to vote with my money. Not that Netflix cares about a single person
canceling service. But, in the case of Amazon, they lost hundreds of dollars on rental and purchases over
the last 2 years due to channel problems. I simply used their competition, which has a cleaner, more user
First, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. As far as Amazon, the only thing I have a problem with them, which I have taken up with them directly is the lack of Ultraviolet compatibility with not only Amazon Video, but also on their Fire TV device, which frankly limits how often I use Fire TV due to not having access to my deep movie collection, which currently is near the 500 mark. I purchased a Disney movie from them last year as they had a promotion going on at the time and seeing as they are part of the Disney Movies Anywhere digital locker service. I have told them outright that they are leaving money on the table seeing as I am a longtime Prime member and do most of my online shopping through Amazon to begin with, if they were part of Ultraviolet, I would probably buy more movies from them than I would other digital stores.
As for their UI, On Roku, it is considerably improved and unlike the Fire TV, movies and TV shows in one's watchlist are separated and it is clearer. On the Fire TV, the UI and in particular the watchlist is considerably cluttered and it is hard to find some things that you may have added a while back and gets lost in whatever else you have added. I also don't particularly care for how some movies/TV shows that are available on Prime don't have a notice when those titles will no longer be available on Prime on some devices including the Fire TV, at least Netflix gives subscribers a notice when stuff is leaving the service. I am a big NYPD Blue fan and when it was available on Prime, I pretty much watched it daily after I would get done with my material as the whole series was available with a Prime membership in the overnight hrs. (I'm a writer), One day last year without notice NYPD Blue was taken off Prime and a good majority of the seasons weren't even available to purchase if one wished to do so. The only way I would have purchased seasons is if they were UV compatible, but I would have appreciated a notice. Hopefully, Netflix adds the series at some point or Vudu gets UV rights for the full series. At that point, I'd buy it, same goes for the Law & Order series of shows.
As far as Netflix, although I understand why some including yourself would like an opt-out option to certain features, it has never been an issue for myself personally and it certainly wouldn't be a deal breaker for me if I did have a problem. I do like the new trailer like feature they have added as I mentioned before. Netflix offers a lot of great content and as far as auto-play, I wish they would do what Hulu does and just play content continuously without a prompt to see if people are still watching. Even though I understand why Netflix does what they do as piracy is an issue, I consider it a mild annoyance, but not a deal breaker. The only thing time when auto-play works against me is when I start watching something and I pass out. When that happens, I just pick up from where I left off originally when I wake up or the next time I go on Netflix. I recently added a few extra profiles to my Netflix subscription so I don't run out of room on my list (Also a mild annoyance) and as a way to hopefully find titles easier, but of the four general entertainment/Movie services I use, Netflix is still on top in terms of content, though Hulu is starting to step up their game. I am also a fan of Tribeca's Shortlist service though obviously it with take time for Tribeca's service to grow where it can be compared and compete with the other three I have mentioned.