Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Netflix Queue Manager Updated

  • Added Update Queue button
  • Added Bug mode switcher
  • The Manager is invoked automatically when the Queue page is visited
  • The Update can be done from the Manager
  • When the page is reloaded after the Update the manager is re-invoked automatically
  • If you Close to get out of the Manager, you can switch back without reloading the page

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  1. This is a question rather than a comment: Do any of these sorts of programs help you maintain a longer queue (for personal recordkeeping purposes, at least) than 500 movies? I have 499 movies in my main Netflix queue, plus full queues in the names of 4 other "family members" (e.g., my cat), plus a queue overflow list. (I spend too much time reading books about movies and coming up with titles of things that I might want to see, and I'm happy to watch less popular film genres like silent, foreign, and black and white vintage movies).

    As a related question, does anyone have any idea why Netflix only allows queues of 500 movies, and whether this is likely to change? The other DVD services that I've tried had less sophisticated and user-friendly websites in other respects, but they allowed film fanatics to maintain longer queues than Netflix does. (Walmart allowed over 1000 entries; I'm not sure what the maximum was. Blockbuster allowed 999 entries in a queue. Green Cine allows, hypothetically, 99,999 entries.)

    While only a small minority of subscribers may potentially be interested in over 500 movies at a given time, I'm certainly not the only one. The most common title for "member lists" at Netflix is some variation on "queue overflow."

  2. No. The limit is probably necessary for technical reasons. I recommend keeping your overflow list on or on your Netflix profile. Under "Your Account", scroll to "Rating Activity", then click on View (#of Reviews Written) and Edit Custom List or Create a New List.

  3. Thanks. I do put films that won't fit onto my queue(s) on a list at Netflix (I'm K M from Minneapolis as a film reviewer at Netflix), so I have gone with that suggested solution. That's certainly workable; I suppose I'm only cranky about the limitation because it seems that other DVD by mail rental companies who had less user-friendly websites had more generous queue allowances. But perhaps the additional features on the Netflix site that I like (e.g., showing stars and allowing one to see the movie synopsis by holding the cursor on the title) would be unworkable if one had, say, 3000 rather than 500 films in a single queue.