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As expected, Netflix has changed its rating system. Instead of letting you rate a show out of five stars, you can now only give it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down.

Why? It's all about giving you better recommendations.

As the video explains, the new system is more akin to how dating apps work. Its old ratings were never a reflection of popularity. One person who wasn't interested in politics could see a one-star rating for 'House of Cards', while another person who was Johnny Politics could see it given a five.

Under the new, simplified system, Netflix will find shows and films that are more of a match to your tastes, Netflix claims. Netflix will get a better idea of what you like, and be better equipped to serve your needs.

That's the claim, anyway. We'll have to wait and see if it's true.

Instead of seeing a star rating next to a title, you'll see a percentage match score – this is a prediction of what Netflix thinks you may enjoy watching, based on your tastes. Give a title a thumbs-up, and you'll be recommended more like it in future. A thumbs-down, and it and its ilk will be banished from your homepage.

Do you give the new system a thumbs-up? Let us know in the comments.



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