Netflix Debuts New Conversational Content Guide 'Max' for PS3, Coming to iPad Next

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Netflix today announced the release of Max, a personal content assistant and guide that the company calls the "child of Siri and HAL 9000." Max is designed to help users choose movies and television shows to view, and he does so using personal tastes.

    Max asks a user questions about mood and movie viewing preferences in order to come up with a suggestion. He also uses Netflix's algorithms to predict content that a particular user might enjoy and plays a number of "games" to make selections.

    While Max is currently only available as a beta for PlayStation 3 users, Netflix says that if the experiment turns out to be successful, Max will be available on other devices in the future, "likely the iPad next."

    Article Link: Netflix Debuts New Conversational Content Guide 'Max' for PS3, Coming to iPad Next
  2. macrumors 65816

    Apr 16, 2004
    Drifting through space in a broken escape pod
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  4. macrumors member

    Oct 22, 2010
    I agree. I've been getting to know the new male version of Siri, and I think he would get along great with Max. They're both so lighthearted.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    Giving random movie suggestions when intoxicated? Sounds just like my friend actually.
  6. HMI
    macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2012
    Netflix can't generally find things I like now.
    I'm not one to watch only shows that I already know I would be interested in.
    I tend to watch things occasionally that I already know I won't like or enjoy, but specifically to learn something new or just to see how they're made.

    The result is a lot of crappy recommendations for things I wont like based on things that I was interested in learning about in the past.

    Of course, I never rate anything I watch because I don't want to be limited by a few select interests.

    Netflix should have a toggle for recommendations based on actual interests vs recommendations based on what you've actually seen before. I would like to switch back and forth from my known interests to see what programs may expand my understanding, even if they aren't my true interests or remotely something that I would choose to watch for casual passive entertainment
  7. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    What if you want to watch a movie that was just released to video ? Does Max say pfft :D. Netflix is great for older content but not good for newer content (especially movies). I love Netflix but would rather have them spending their money on content instead of Max.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    Meh... Give me multiple user profiles and then I'll be interested.
  9. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Sure, why not?

    But please just make it an additional option in the existing iOS Netflix app. I hate it when a company makes you install multiple apps to use different aspects of the same service.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    In an ethereal plane of existence.
    If this works well, we'll all love it. If it doesn't, we'll all hate it.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2009
    Ehh, instead I think Netflix should be working on getting licenses for more movies and TV shows.
  12. macrumors 68040

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    The "mystery" recommendation always seems to end up as "Brokeback Mountain." Hmmm...
  13. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2009
    LOL! Netflix thinks your gay hahaha!
  14. macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    How about they just release the multiple user queues they announced with much hype months ago?
  15. macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2011
    You want Siri to marry her kid? Creepy.
  16. macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2012
    Why, on the video, does Max say "I have got something awesome here for you" when the on-screen text says "I have got something awesome for you here"..?

    Can Max not read his own writing..?
  17. macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    A major problem I have with Netflix suggestions is that my wife and I like to watch Post-apocalyptic SciFi, but my 4-year-old likes princesses.

    Most streaming services that offer suggestions (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes) can't seem to separate us… even though we didn't rate them.
  18. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2008
    So it won't be able to understand me and then kill me when i try to turn it off :p
    Yeah great idea netflix!
  19. macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    It sounds like Ron Howard. I've been catching up on Arrested Development and that voice sounds eerily similar. It would make sense that Netflix hired him after funding the last season of AD.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2010
    it's not him. besides, Howard is a famous top-tier director, he's not schlepping around us a spokes-voice for an internet recommendation service.
  21. macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    It sounds cool, but like someone else said I'd prefer user profiles first. My kid keeps polluting my choices; Now I have a wonderful mix of Ip Man 2 and lots, and lots, and lots, of Nick/Disney offerings. Yay.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Exactly. This is skeuomorphism at its worst.
    Does anyone actually like having fake "conversations" with these "virtual assistants"? For movies and TV shows, using websites like Jinni sounds way more effective without all the annoying interface.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2009
    Max was working on my PS3 a few months ago. It was fun. Kind of like a 'you don't know Jack' style announcer that suggests a movie based on questions. We had a lot of fun with it. It went away and my wife and I were bummed. Glad to see its coming back
  24. ThunderSkunk, Jun 28, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013

    macrumors 68000


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    Well that's cute. Something no ones been asking for, while nothing's been done about the basic big complaints everyone's been asking for for years.

    What would make the biggest improvement to the Netflix experience?
    A "remote" mode to the iOS app, so you can use your iOS device as an actually functional (!) remote while watching netflix movies on the Apple TV or Mac. It should browse titles, manage your queue, read & write comments, leave ratings, and control playback, at a minimum. Create it to work with a companion app for OS X so we don't have to use bloody microsoft silverlight in safari to stream video, or type searches in one letter at a time with arrow keys.

    Then tie in social clucking services so people can yak movies at their friends. THEN start going crazy with AI and cyborgs and whatnot. But please cover the basics first.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2011
    How about they fix the missing metadata (director, full cast, cinematographer, composer, year, studio/producers, etc.) and make it usably SEARCHABLE on platforms besides the Searchlight interface, first?

    I don't care what content my friends give four stars, I want to see other movies made by the people responsible for whatever I just watched. The IOS one won't let you search by anything but title. Come on.

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