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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. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    I wound up naming my pre-Profiles profile "Everyone" and then creating new profiles for each person.
     
  2. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    Expand on why you found it to be a PITA.
     
  3. mattack

    mattack Active Member

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    As much of a fan of Tivo as I am, I would pay AT LEAST as much as cable if I could just stream *current* shows (even delayed a week or two) _WITHOUT COMMERCIALS_. That is, I would cut the cord and use this theoretical service instead. And yes, I say at least. I would arguably pay more... But not the $2/episode that the various existing services charge per episode.. and it would have to clearly tell me when shows expire (I live in the real world, I realize contracts expire), so I can order my watching at least _partially_ based on expiration.

    My 'fantasy' world would also allow me to watch shows faster than realtime with audio, which I do with podcasts on my iPhone, and do for some un-copy-protected things (news, documentaries, some reality shows) via dubbing to another recorder I have. I realize that's a very small use case, but I think the podcast case has made it slightly more well known.
     
  4. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    We share same computers and every time someone navigated to netflix.com you have to then select a profile before you could do anything else. Next we didn't find any easy way to copy instant queue items from main profile to a new profile. I tried keeping 2 different tabs each in its own profile and searching 1 by 1 and adding, but that got very tedious. When I had some things copied over to new profile I deleted them from main profile only to find that TiVo Netflix client only looks at the main profile to get titles, so the titles I had "moved" to my profile were no longer visible. i.e. Creating my own profile and attempting to put my titles in it was useless since TiVo couldn't see them.

    So unless the clients you use can actually make use of profiles I see no point in creating profiles since you have to keep everything in main profile anyway, rendering alternate profiles useless.
     
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Well yeah, if the client doesn't support it then I agree it's useless. But there are several clients that do support it and if you use one of them it is very handy. Netflix promised to bring it to all clients eventually.
     
  6. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Believe or it or not aside from a computer which I don't find enjoyable to watch Netflix from, TiVos are the only clients we have in the house, and no plans to change that, especially with new TiVo hardware coming our way that theoretically will give us a much better experience if it's anything like the Mini running flash apps.
     
  7. Robin

    Robin Nasty Woman

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    Yeah, I consider that a given.

    Our tv is our primary netflix client so I hadn't bothered setting up profiles because it would be less than useless.
     
  8. sushikitten

    sushikitten 143 down, ??? to go! TCF Club

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    We mainly use Roku so we have a long wait ahead...so it looks like we'll have to use AppleTV instead. That said, I haven't tried it yet after setting up two profiles.
     
  9. cwoody222

    cwoody222 Active Member

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    My boyfriend's Western Digital streaming box now has Profiles. I was surprised a little-known box like that got it so quick. I expect my Roku will soon.

    I'm not holding by breath for TiVo.
     
  10. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    My Samsung TV has it now.
     
  11. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Mine doesn't. :(

    Did you have to update the app, or did it just show up without and update like it did in the iOS app?
     
  12. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    On every device I have that has received the update, for profiles to appear I had to log out of Netflix on that device's Netflix app and then back in again. I was presented with the profile selection choice upon login. Except for the AppleTV, come to think of it - it just magically appeared on that.
     
  13. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Just tried that, no dice. The Netflix app on my Samsung TV is basically identical to the one on TiVo.
     
  14. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    Good thinking on TiVo.

    As far as WD TV Products, which I own several of, they have ALWAYS been the first to update their firmware when any update rolls out for any service that has been updated, or WD chooses to begin supporting.

    My several RoKu 2 units are always getting "channel" updates, but are the last of my non-TiVo devices to get anything like a client update.

    TiVo has always been dead last, if at all, for me.

    I gave up on TiVo for any online services long ago. If you own any other device that supports what TiVo does, it will likely be a better experience. But, I don't own EVERY alternate device out there, so there could be some as bad as TiVo, or worse.

    If you don't own an alternate (other than TiVo) device for online services, The WD TV line is the best, but will set you back more than a RoKu (in most cases). These are the two devices I recommend, and if you have the extra cash, the WD TV line is my #1 pick. RoKu does not support DLNA, and uses it's own special (and limited) versions of the Netflix and Hulu Plus clients. WD uses the ones that are standardized, and all functions that the service has to offer will be available.
     
  15. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    Weird. I just looked at the installed app on the TV, and it's version 3.229 that was last updated in October 2012. No update, but it shows profiles.
     
  16. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Mine says version 3.105 and was last updated 10/19/2012. I think you might have a newer generation TV.
     
  17. mikeyts

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    These players are primarily written in HTML5 for the Webkit layout engine, which allows them to make big changes to functionality and presentation in the HTML5 code which they download dynamically without any change to the underlying resident code. When they first introduced this player on PS3 they used this to test half a dozen different UIs on different machines before they settled on the one that they use now on pretty much everything. If you're a technical person, you can learn about how Netflix uses these tools here.

    On the day that they announced this feature it was available on my PS3, WD TV Live, Panasonic DMP-BDT220 and Sony BDP-S390. My TiVo Premiere and Panasonic DMP-BDT110, which both have that UI, did/do not have profile support. The Xbox 360 (different UI) didn't, but it was added a day or two ago.
     
  18. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    I have profiles on my Samsung TV, but it doesn't work.

    I set up 3, one for me, and one for each kid.

    When I start Netflix, if I select my profile, it proceeds to my screen of the queue and other stuff. If I select either of the kids', it goes into a loading screen, and hangs forever.
     
  19. marrone

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    It doesn't appear the Windows 8 app has it updated yet. Unless they just did it. I updated a few days ago and no profiles.

    Now, I didn't do the logoff and log back in thing, but does anyone know any different?

    (iPhone app hasn't been updated either)

    -Mike
     
  20. stoli412

    stoli412 New Member

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    Not sure about Windows 8, but I had to log out and log back into the iPhone and iPad apps to get profiles.
     

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