Netflix Instant Queue Is Now ‘My List,’ And It Sorts Automatically

    August 21, 2013
    Chris Crum

Netflix has launched a new feature called “My List,” which lets users save titles to their own row on Netflix. The feature replaces the Instant Queue for users who have had access to it (U.S. members), and adds a completely new feature for others.

The feature lets you go to your own row on Netflix and find titles you saved for future watching. With user profiles, we were told previously that each member’s queue could hold 500 titles. We’re assuming that remains the case under “My List”.

“Our U.S. members for years have had a feature called the Instant Queue,” says Michael Spiegelman, director of product innovation at Netflix. “We’ve found through talking to our customers that though many people found it useful, we could still improve the experience.”

“After you’ve added several titles to your list, our technology will go to work and sort your List, presenting you with the titles you’re most likely to want to watch right up front,” says Spiegelman. “In our tests, most members really appreciated this automated sorting and it was much more useful than the manual sorting capability of the Instant Queue.”

If you’re like me, you do like to sort your queue manually. I like to group movies, shows and documentaries in different ways that make it easier for me to find them. Don’t worry, Netflix is still letting you sort your list. You can go to “My List Management” in ‘My Account” or change the setting on the “My List” gallery age.

My List also includes more details for titles so they’re more informative. Netflix will display a tag for shows that have new seasons available, for example (they’ve already been doing this for Instant Queues). It will also let you know when a title on your List is gong to expire soon. That particular feature, Netflix says, is only available on the site at first, but will eventually make it way to other devices.

If you don’t use My List, it will gradually drop lower on your Netflix screen. Otherwise, you should find it at the top.

My List is rolling out to all members in every country where Netflix is available starting today.


Chris Crum
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