Netflix Brings “People Search” to Xbox 360; Makes Library Searchable by Actor, Director

    August 23, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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Earlier this month, Netflix launched an update to its Xbox 360 app that brought the “Just for Kids” platform to the console. “Just for Kids” is a section that highlights programming that’s appropriate for youngsters so parents can feel confident that their children aren’t wading into some sketchy territory on the streaming service. The Xbox 360 was one of the last Netflix-enabled devices to get this feature.

Now, Netflix is telling us that’s not the only new feature that came along for the ride.

Even as a regular Netflix user, you may have overlooked this new way to find the movies and TV shows that you want to watch. “People Search” now allows you to search Netflix’s streaming library for actors and directors.

Previously, Netflix’s search feature on the Xbox only allowed users to search by title.

So, if you really want to see what Netflix has to offer in terms of Nicolas Cage movies, or Wes Anderson films, it’s now much easier.

The feature has already been active on the web and on PS3 (and popular, according to Netflix). They say that it will hit other devices in the near future.

  • matt

    We got so sick of Netflix last year, and it’s great knowing we can get the same great movies with Dish. I have Blockbuster @ Home on my new Hopper, and can also search by actor, genre or title. With over 100,000 movies, games and shows available, we never have to scramble to find something good. Dish even added another 5,000 titles just for kids. A Dish coworker got me hooked on this service, and it’s great being free from Netflix and STILL getting the best movies!