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Netflix plans to remove user reviews of individual shows starting next month

The downside, though, is that it can sometimes be incredibly challenging to figure out what to watch next. Sure, Netflix does its best to provide users with targeted recommendations based on their viewing habits, but even a few suggestions can’t keep pace with the deluge of content that joins Netflix’s content catalog each and every month. That said, one of the more helpful ways to figure out what to watch next has long been user reviews available via the Netflix on the desktop. Unfortunately, Netflix is planning to kick user reviews to the curb by the end of the month.

Originally reported by CNET, Netflix will stop accepting new user reviews beginning on July 30th. Following that, existing user reviews will remain up on the sit until the middle of August, after which they will be removed completely.

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As to why Netflix is eliminating an arguably helpful feature, Netflix spokesperson Smita Saran explained that the “feature is only offered on the website and has seen declining usage over time.”

While I personally found user reviews on Netflix to be helpful most of the time, some take the position that Netflix wants to simplify the recommendation process and not necessarily have otherwise interested viewers not tune into a program based on arguably skewed reviews.

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All that said, Netflix’s thumbs-up and thumbs-down rating system will remain in place.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.