The New Netflix App on 360 is Garbage

#1 Edited by skyline7284 (502 posts) -

Is anyone else having issues with the application just being super slow? For me navigating the app is a pain especially with TV shows where it doesn't show the episode name a lot of times, and if you let it sit idle for a minute it automatically resumes playing the current episode. The application is poorly designed, and it's really laggy... anyone else having these issues?

#2 Posted by Dany (7887 posts) -

I love it. It has closed captions. Loads faster, the UI seems kinda laggy but not that much. It shows episode names, should come up after awhile

#3 Posted by CornBREDX (4739 posts) -

I liked the old UI better but it works fine. I cant really complain. 
As a side note they made the Hulu app better (relative to the garbage it was before haha) so that's a plus (the old one was crap on XBOX, the PS3 one isn't bad though). 
 
I don't know. It seems alright.

#4 Posted by StrainedEyes (1319 posts) -

Needing to load a show in order to view episodes is terrible design.

#5 Posted by JasonR86 (9578 posts) -

I still get more consistent bitrate from the 360 version of Netflix then the PS3 version.

#6 Posted by skyline7284 (502 posts) -

@Geo7877 said:

Needing to load a show in order to view episodes is terrible design.

This.

#7 Posted by big_jon (5707 posts) -

Are you saying it's a bad kid?

#8 Posted by BoringK (257 posts) -

I really like the new app. I watched a TV show on it last night with no problems. Love the addition of closed captions and being able to view additional info while watching something. If there's any serious bugs they'll be ironed out. XBL's probably just having some hiccups right now with the update.

#9 Posted by StealthRaptor (526 posts) -

Any idea if you can still watch movies with a party?

#10 Posted by Kerned (1169 posts) -

I hate it. Aside from the cluttered, slow interface there are numerous other problems as well.

TV episodes (and movies) auto start and it's a mess. There is no way to select an episode to watch without an episode auto-starting first. Episode info stays on the screen for several seconds at the beginning of each episode, takes up a third of the screen and there is no way to dismiss it. It's awful, I don't see the benefit in this. The auto-starting replaces the buffering screen that Netflix used to display, which only ensures that the picture will look like garbage for the first 30 seconds of everything you watch. How is this an improvement?

At the end of TV episodes the picture minimizes into a small window so Netflix can prompt you to watch the next episode. What about shows that have story content during the credits? You are stuck watching that content in a tiny window. I can wait until the end of an episode to decide if I want to watch the next one or not. Also, it's not possible to restart an episode in progress from the beginning, you have to manually rewind like you are using a VCR. Welcome to the 90s, Netflix.

Anyone who uses party viewing will be disappointed as that feature has been removed completely. I don't understand who this update is for. I am going to stop watching Netflix on my 360 altogether and switch to the PS3 Netflix app (the interface of which I thought was terrible until this new interface taught a master's class in shitty UI design). Netflix in general is becoming a less valuable service with every change they make.

#11 Posted by PillClinton (3290 posts) -

@JasonR86 said:

I still get more consistent bitrate from the 360 version of Netflix then the PS3 version.

Yeah, what's with that? That's been a problem since they rolled that app out. I've got more than enough bandwidth to stream HD Netflix at all times, and the 360 version gives me no such problems.

#12 Edited by devotfeige (116 posts) -

I haven't had any trouble with lag, but--

Episodes auto-start (you can hit B to dismiss the information panel, by the way, or at least that's been working for me), there's no easy well to tell what scene you're on if you hit fast-forward or rewind, you can't browse episodes easily or without starting one up first, you have to hit start twice in order to pause (once to bring up the information panel, again to actually pause), and the absolute WORST transgression:

When I finish one episode of a series, I'm used to exiting out (before any "Next time, on..." information plays) and manually selecting the next episode. When I do this on the new app, it starts the next episode, the one I haven't seen yet, at the same timestamp as where I exited the last one. For someone who can't stand being spoiled by "next time, on..." clips, starting up at the END of a new episode is absolutely maddening. [ETA: Oh yes, and when this happens, there's no way to start the episode from the beginning, near as I can tell. I have to sit there and rewind through the whole thing, in which case I guess the whole 'no indication of what scene you're at' rewind thing is a feature, rather than a nuisance.]

...I do like having easy access to subtitles, but those are in no way worth the mess that everything else has become.

#13 Posted by wh1terav3n (656 posts) -

@StealthRaptor said:

Any idea if you can still watch movies with a party?

You've probably figured this out by now but no, no you cannot.

#14 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

I recently cancelled my Netflix and XBL subscriptions. Looks like I dodged a big suck-bullet.

#15 Posted by BoringK (257 posts) -

Alright, I take back everything good I said. There's no 'Restart' option. Are you fucking kidding me?

#16 Posted by phuzzybunny (171 posts) -

Having a Cheers marathon seemed pretty easy to me with the new app.

#17 Posted by PresidentOfJellybeans (300 posts) -

It's pretty terrible, especially since the last one was so good. Luckly the ps3 one still works well enough.

#18 Posted by natetodamax (19164 posts) -
@wh1terav3n

@StealthRaptor said:

Any idea if you can still watch movies with a party?

You've probably figured this out by now but no, no you cannot.

Are you kidding? Why not?
#19 Posted by sopranosfan (1935 posts) -

I don't like it as much as the previous version for most of the reasons already listed.

#20 Posted by BrockNRolla (1702 posts) -

@CornBREDX said:

I liked the old UI better but it works fine. I cant really complain. As a side note they made the Hulu app better (relative to the garbage it was before haha) so that's a plus (the old one was crap on XBOX, the PS3 one isn't bad though). I don't know. It seems alright.

Don't you mean it's a "Hulu" Plus?

#21 Posted by BrockNRolla (1702 posts) -

But seriously, the new Netflix app stinks out loud. All I wanted was voice searching on it like the "bing" stuff. All this other jazz is sluggish and often obscures what you're actually trying to get at.

#22 Edited by EveretteScott (1439 posts) -

I'll add my that into the ring. I don't like what they've done either. The TV show changes are ridiculous. The 'bloop/click' sounds are annoying, granted that's opinion but it seems a pointless change from the 'swoosh' before. The interface lags when scrolling up and down and holding the bumpers to go left and right takes much longer to get the to the end of a list than it did before.

I do appreciate the finally adding subtitles and 5.1 sound options though.

#23 Posted by Milkman (16479 posts) -

It's fucking terrible. Browsing TV shows is a nightmare and removing the ability to watch a movie or show in a party is completely asinine.

#24 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

well i just downloaded the thing, it seems a little terrible. i've noticed that everything is slow.

#25 Posted by nemt (863 posts) -

I agree, puuuuure garbage.

It is a bit faster, but it's clunky and unresponsive. The old app was the best Netflix streaming app around.

#26 Posted by kishinfoulux (2250 posts) -

I love it. The 360 has the best Netflix interface.

#27 Posted by sup909 (159 posts) -

What ever happened to the promised surround sound support. The PS3 and Roku devices have had it for almost a year now.

#28 Posted by Lind_L_Taylor (3962 posts) -
@skyline7284 said:

@Geo7877 said:

Needing to load a show in order to view episodes is terrible design.

This.

I second this.
 
I think the new Netflix sucks.  What they had was good
enough.  I could see the whole episodes list & I could
fly through my queue to look for movies.  It takes forever
now to find anything.
#29 Posted by Rudeboy217 (1765 posts) -

The forced episode load when you browse television shows is pretty lame.

#30 Posted by PrivateIronTFU (3874 posts) -

I got rid of Netflix because I ran out of MST3K episodes to watch. So I have no idea what this new interface looks like. But it sounds like a pretty even mix of great/terrible.

#31 Posted by JAH_Donuts (182 posts) -

@sup909:

It seems like it's available for certain titles. I watched 13 Assassins yesterday and the 5.1 option is available.

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