Why I won't try Netflix

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Why I won't try Netflix

Post by DrMatt » Fri Mar 03, 2006 2:25 pm

Pop-ups and spyware. That about says it. They're welcome to advertise in the usual ways, but by even attempting to invade my machine, Netflix has earned a place in the Hall of Shame.
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Post by specious_reasons » Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:39 pm

I haven't seen examples of Netflix and spyware, but the popups do sometimes make me question if supporting the company is a good idea.
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Post by Aoidoi » Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:30 pm

Since I usually kill the popups one way or another, I actually signed up without realizing they advertised that way. It's kind of sad that they do that, and if there were another option that worked as well (I've heard Blockbuster has problems and whatever the heck Walmart is doing I prefer not to do business with them). I love the service so far, it's just a pity that they do the pop-under thing. Dunno anything about spyware from them, but that would be seriously worrying.
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Re: Why I won't try Netflix

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:28 am

Since Dr. Matt is no longer able to object to Netflix for stupid reasons, I guess it's up to me.

Netflix responds to claims that they changed the artwork of shows based on viewers’ race
https://www.nme.com/news/tv/netflix-acc ... rk-2392085

The nut of it is that black users of Netflix see movie posters that show black actors in what are predominantly white-acted movies, thereby tricking them into watch white movies. And they give a good degree of anecdotal evidence to support it.

Netfix responds:
“We don’t ask members for race, gender or ethnicity so cannot use this information to personalise their individual experience,” a spokesperson for the company told Newsbeat.

“The only information we use is a member’s viewing history. Reports that we look at demographics when personalising artwork are untrue”
I would argue that a customer's viewing history is a form of demographic meta data. If the last 5 movies I watched were Roxanne Roxanne, Mudbound, Beasts of No Nation, The Incredible Jessica James and First Match, then the odds are fairly good I'm either black or at the very least Rachel Dolezal.

OTOH, there was likely no human involved in this racially biased form of advertising. Their AI algorithm for selecting the cover art was probably utterly responsible. And we know that AI is, at it's core, racist.

Or perhaps they team with Newport.

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Re: Why I won't try Netflix

Post by ed » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:36 am

Me miss you Rob. How is Gitmo treating you?
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Re: Why I won't try Netflix

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:45 am

Of the streaming services I've seen Netflix seems to have the easiest to use interface. Ultimately it's really a matter of which one has the content that you want to see though.
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Re: Why I won't try Netflix

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:48 am

Oh, didn't realize that this was a DrMatt zombie thread.
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Re: Why I won't try Netflix

Post by Zombie DrMatt » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:18 pm

Show some respect. :x

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Re: Why I won't try Netflix

Post by Anaxagoras » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:27 pm

Needs more cowbell. :cowbell:
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