Netflix Algorithms

Fenster writes:

Followed by New Girl no less.


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Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.
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6 Responses to Netflix Algorithms

  1. The Gods of Netflix seem to think you’ve got a thing for any girl named Hannah.


  2. chucho says:

    Is it me, or has Netflix Instant has given up entirely on catalog films? The quality and number of new (i.e. newly available) titles coming through has been pretty poor the last six months or so. Many titles have expired as well. I understand the economics of this move, but it’s pretty disappointing to those of us who want to watch older films.


  3. agnostic says:

    “but it’s pretty disappointing to those of us who want to watch older films.”

    I was about to say, “At least there’s still the video store,” but most of those have been going under too — even the former octopus of Blockbuster.

    Back in the good old days, movie rentals didn’t carry expiration dates like they were jugs of milk. And that’s assuming they’re even on the shelf in the first place, and not held back by the company who owns the rights to them.

    The digital / streaming revolution was supposed to make everything widespread and permanent. In reality, the classics have become hoarded and perishable.


  4. agnostic says:

    I don’t mean to blame the technology so much as the users and shapers of the technology, namely consumers, AKA your fellow Americans. They’re the ones who deserted the video rental store and its catalog / archive, so that they could flick on Netflix streaming or drop by a Redbox and scarf down whatever bullshit has come out in the past 6 months.


  5. fenster says:

    No one here has yet mentioned the venerable public library, and if you live in a place with a good one, or that is part of a good system, that can do a lot. I just went to a website called “Obscure Classics” and ran the first ten films written about through my city’s system catalog,and got hits on all but 2.


  6. I canceled Netflix about two months ago. Their streaming content was mostly direct-to-video garbage and TV shows I have no interest in viewing.


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