Netflix rolling out new look; benefits phone & tablet users

New look for Netflix

Don’t panic when you log in to your Netflix page and it looks different. You’ve not been hacked, and Netflix has not been taken hostage by online hooligans.

Netflix made the change itself, and says it will benefit those who use the service on a smartphone or tablet.

Here’s why, direct from Netflix blog:

“Today, we are excited to unveil the new Netflix website.

“Over the past four years, web browsers have changed a lot, becoming more sophisticated and allowing for richer visuals and animations. How our members use Netflix has changed too. We’re spending more and more time using mobile and tablet apps.

“With the new Netflix website, we’ve created a richer, more visual experience, and a website that works more like an app and less like a series of linked web pages. Information appears in-line and in context rather than on a separate page, which makes exploring the catalog faster than ever before.

“When you hover your mouse over a title, you will now see a slideshow of images from that movie or show. We hope this slideshow will give you a better feel for what the show is about than reading the description alone.

“Clicking on the title or synopsis opens an inline details pane, allowing you to browse episodes and read details and reviews. You can also explore similar titles by clicking More Like This, or jump off to titles from the same cast, genre or mood.

“Scrolling through rows is now much faster, with a mouse-click advancing a full row at a time.”

Netflix said it is rolling out the new look today, but it may take as much as two weeks to reach everyone.