How Does Taking Away A Popular Feature 'Improve Netflix'?
from the please-explain dept
I am not currently a Netflix customer, but one of the features of the service that I thought was quite useful (and I know plenty of people who use it actively) was the “profiles” feature that let a single family/household set up separate queues of movies they wanted. So, for example, a husband, wife and kids could each get their own list of movies with separate logins, rather than having to manage a single queue. This made the service a lot more useful for a household. And yet… Netflix is eliminating the feature, and doing so with the bizarre Orwellian explanation:
Why? While it may be disappointing to see this feature go away, this change will help us to continue to improve the Netflix website for all our customers.
Can someone explain how eliminating a feature that many people use improves the Netflix website? You see, Netflix, if you’re going to remove a feature and say that the website is better because of it, it would actually help if you explained how or why it’s better (i.e., you’re replacing that feature with something better). To simply say that removing a well-liked feature makes the website better without any further explanation, you’re basically calling your customers stupid because you think they’ll believe what’s clearly bogus.