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Netflix Launching User Profiles Later This Summer

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by sbiller, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    They definitely still had profiles when I cancelled netflix within the last year. I used them to bypass the 500 DVD/queue limit. Yes, I know I will never watch all of the movies, but I use(d) the queues to keep track of things that I might be interested in sometime. So they would add up fast, PLUS each DVD of a TV show set counts as one slot in your queue, so it's not quite as silly as it may seem. So I had mostly movies in one profile's queue and mostly TV in the other. ("Mostly" mostly (heh) because I didn't bother to move everything from the first queue to the other.)
     
  2. davezatz

    davezatz Funkadelic

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    My wife should have a separate subscription?
     
  3. NJ Webel

    NJ Webel Member

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    Only if your wife doesn't live in your house.
     
  4. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    I missed this and opened a "Netflix rolls User Profiles, but not for TiVo" thread elsewhere, with a brief description of what it is. As implied by the title, it's not in the TiVo Premiere's Netflix player yet, but then again it's not in the players of some other devices that I own so who knows? Maybe it will come to TiVo soon (not holding my breath :D).
     
  5. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    Anyone playing around with this yet? I noticed tonight on my AppleTV that it asked me to choose a profile, so it has rolled out to me. I selected my name from the three profiles it listed, and it showed what appeared to be exactly what's been there for the last several years - a hodge-podge of suggestions appropriate for the various members of my family. I was surprised that it had named the profiles "Daniel" (me) "Stacy" (my wife) and "Zoe, Lila, and David" (three of my four children). I'm not sure how or where it got that information from or how it decided to do that grouping. It's possible I had Netflix Disc queues with those names back when I was on the disc plan several years ago - that's the only thing I can think of.

    I next went over to the Netflix website and visited https://movies.netflix.com/EditProfiles which gives you very limited ways to change your profile - basically you can change the icon, the profile name, and indicate whether it is a kid profile. That's it. By selecting the profile name from the dropdown in the upper right corner, you can presumably then start modifying your queue etc on a per-profile basis and set up your "taste profile" for that profile. However, since I've no idea when (or if) profiles will make it over to the Tivo Premiere, I'm a little wary of culling all the kid stuff from my profile. I suspect I'll be able to do so but then they'll no longer have access to it from the Premiere unless there's some way to mark their profile as the default profile?

    Reflecting on it further, I think what I may have to do is rename my profile (the main profile) as their profile, and remove all the adult stuff leaving only the kid stuff. That'll then be the default one. Downstairs, where we have the AppleTV and can select profiles, I'll be able to select one of the other profiles, which I will rename as mine and populate with my adult shows. Confusing. It'd be much simpler if Tivo just jumps on board and updates their Netflix app.

    ETA: It looks like my main profile has my full instant queue. The other new profiles have empty queues. There's no apparent way to transfer the queue in masse to the other profiles, or to transfer individual selected items. I'm basically going to have to delete items from the main queue that I no longer want on it, and manually add items one by one to the new queues. It would have been much simpler (from the user-perspective) if Netflix could show me one master queue on the website, with little checkbox columns next to each queue item so that I could indicate on which profiles I want that queue item to appear.
     
  6. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    It'd take an awful lot of work to implement that operation for something a customer would only ever want to do once and which people who create their accounts in the post Netflix streaming profiles era will never have a need for.
     
  7. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    I know; that's why I added the parenthetical.
     
  8. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    It's generous of Netflix to allow even two streams at $8/mo. They should allow just one stream and options to bump the limit for perhaps a dollar per stream.

    Of course the real question is: how much would you pay if they offered the recent and best movies and series?
     
  9. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    In addition to $8/month for two streams at a time they now have a $12/month option for 4 streams simultaneously.

    I doubt that the latest and greatest properties will ever be offered in an "all-you-can-eat-buffet" service like Netflix. Why should they when people will pay $4 or more to rent such titles (or $2 or more per episode to buy television)?
     
  10. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Not all people. I wonder if they're missing a market, similar to the music industry before they woke up to 99-cent tunes.
     
  11. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    They are still giving me four streams at $7.99. My streaming plan page has showed two choices for months. Watch on four devices and watch on two devices. Both at $7.99 a month.

    Although, something has been messed up with my account page this weekend. I wanted to increase my disc plan, but every time I go to the change plan for discs, it takes me to the streaming page. And I can't view my disc shipping history either. They keep gong to a redirect loop. I have no problem with the same things for the streaming titles.
     
  12. Robin

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    Availability:

    http://www.theindychannel.com/news/netflix-allows-5-viewing-profiles-on-same-account08052013

    I'm eagerly awaiting Android availability. That'll make the chromecast 100x better. (Since I'm not holding my breath on my Panasonic Viera app ever updating.)
     
  13. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    It did in the Netflix Viera Connect app on my DMP-BDT220, on the day the feature was announced, as it did on the Netflix players in my Sony BDP-S390, WD TV Live and, of course, PS3. It has not shown up on my Panasonic DMP-BDT110, Roku 2 XS, Roku 3, Xbox 360 or the Win8 Netflix app. Its presence on the Netflix web site is subtle; you can create profiles here (I haven't found a link to that page on the web site; you can also create profiles on a PS3). Once you've created profiles you can switch between them on the web site by pulling down the menu of your account name on the top banner (above the search term field). I see no advertisement of this feature on Netflix.com at all.
     
  14. Robin

    Robin Nasty Woman

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    How did you know it was there on the Viera? My account has profiles but I haven't seen anything on the TV about it.
     
  15. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    I ran the Netflix player in my DMP-BDT220 BDP and it came up asking me "Who's watching?" Maybe it's not in all Viera Connect/Cast Netflix players; as I said, it's not in the BDT110's.
     
  16. marrone

    marrone Phased Member

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    I haven't seen this yet on the website, nor on the Windows 8 app.
     
  17. Robin

    Robin Nasty Woman

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    For the web site there's a link upthread for turning it on if it hasn't appeared on its own.
     
  18. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    Profiles have now appeared on the Xbox 360.
     
  19. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Tried out profiles for 1 day and everyone in the family found it to be a PITA. So I deleted all but the main profile.
     
  20. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    What device where you using? On my Vizio TV it simply pops up a thing that says "who's watching" with your profiles listed. Prior to this update it had a similar option for Adult/Child so it's the same number of steps.
     

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