Netflix Opens Up Multiple Profile Option to All Accounts

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    Netflix announced today that it is opening up its new 'profiles' feature to all accounts, after a brief beta period. The feature allows families to assign unique Netflix profiles -- up to 5 -- to each viewer, with individual Recently Watched and Instant Queue lists.

    As a result, families and married couples won't be able to 'ruin' each other's Netflix experiences by watching an out-of-character show that then significantly affects Netflix's recommendations. The iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV should all gain access to profiles "over the next few days."

    Profiles began appearing on the Apple TV for users in the beta earlier this week.
    Netflix is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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    This may have saved my marriage. :)
     
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    Visit Edit Profiles while logged in to Netflix to set up profiles on your account.
     
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    This is seriously cool! Now we don't have to sift through all of the Dr. Seuss to see a drama or action film. Very cool.
     
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    How do you select what profile you're using when you start using a different device? I added profiles.
     
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    For me, the only way to use different profiles is on the website. My iOS devices do not have that option yet, but apparently will be available in the coming days.

    EDIT: After setting up the profiles, they are now available on Apple TV.
     
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    Geez, I don't care about that. What I don't want is to walk in and find my 11yo watching Scream, etc. And it looks like the profiles can have different parental settings, so that is excellent. I hope the iOS app has this soon.
     
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    As near as I can tell, you can add profiles from the Netflix website, but the the only edit option is one for "This is a profile for kids under 12". I haven't had the chance to test yet whether that incorporates parental controls.
     
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    I did. It appears to save separately for each profile. Select a profile, then click Your Account at the top, then set controls.
     
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    ah won't let me create enough profiles have 9 people in house but will only let me create 4 additional profiles for a total of 5 :-(
     
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    But nothing to prevent one family member from simply choosing the profile of an adult? Hmm...
     
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    I'm guessing no, but, is there a way to make the profiles private? Can any profile see any profile?
     
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    Hopefully that gets addressed. For one thing, they need to allow a device to lock to a specific profile and not changeable without a password. Also, private profiles would be nice, requiring a passcode to access.

    I'd like to see better parental controls on a per-profile basis. Looks like all you can do is indicate it for being under 12. Nothing more.
     
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    Not sure. Back when I had 2 DVD plan, I had separate profiles for the 2 discs. And the sub-profile had a separate login. Don't seem to see that with these streaming profiles. And I don't see any selection choice in the iPhone, despite what the quote says above.

    But it's not even fully rolled out, yet. So, I'll withhold final judgement for a few days and check it out more later.
     
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    QFT.

    This is the early rollout, hopefully they improve this as they go.

    I was thinking that, since you have to log into your account on the website to change settings like parental controls, maybe they could require you to log in with the same credentials in the iOS app to change profiles. (Edit: Basically what JAT said above.)

    Or even use a concept of "locked" or "unlocked" profiles (as an opt-out for those who don't care, or who might, for example, have more than one kid in the same age range using the same iPad).
     
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    Look at my earlier post. The "under 12" is a different form of grouping they do, a specialized movie/show listing, not so much a parental control, persay.
     
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    Using an "under 12" test profile I created, it wouldn't let me watch an R-rated movie (though I could search for it) with the parental controls set to "Adult".

    But it was literally childsplay to pick an adult (e.g. not "under 12") test profile, and started streaming the movie immediately.
     
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    This is a good day!

    Had to click through to the edit profiles link posted earlier in this thread, but did manage to set up a profile for "Mom & Dad" and another for "Kids".

    When managing the kids profile, you can filter by age level, which takes TV and Movie ratings into account. My girls are both under 12, so I set it for "little kids" which should filter things down quite a bit.

    Went through and cleared out the cartoons from the "Mom & Dad" instant queue and all is well so far.

    Adds an extra step to starting things up on the Apple TV, but it's worth it. Still doesn't *really* lock the kids out - my 7 year old could just click Mom&Dad instead, but she won't.
     
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    Great, but the content is still lacking.

    I cancelled my sub last month. 90% of what I wanted to watch was not available :-/
     
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    You might want to consider re-writing this sentence. I now know that you are saying that there can be a total of 5 profiles, but as it is written it can be interpreted as 5 profiles per viewer, which is not what is offered.

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    I'm pretty sure that for each device they will have to roll out a new client to bring the functionality. I use my TiVo, so I'm expecting a long wait for a new client. And maybe my Blu-ray player will get it first.
     
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    So sad that the TiVo is so slow to update. I used a Premiere until we moved to DirecTV recently. There are only a few minor feature gaps between the DirecTV Genie and TiVo. I owned the original TiVo and loved it; it was revolutionary at the time.
     
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    Finally! This is pretty cool. Couldn't see the Edit Profile link on the main UK website, but altering the URL to /EditProfile took me to the right place... Profiles instantly showed up on Apple TV as soon as i'd created them. Cool :) Would be nice to be able to lock a device to a specific profile or have the option of a passcode (just a 4 digit one like apple does) for certain accounts (i.e. the adult ones!). Damn good start though! :)
     
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    How do I remove the stuff my kid has watched from my own profile?
     
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    I had the same problem. I got around it by setting up the "initial" profile as the kids account, and i used one of the new profiles as my (adult) account. The initial account retained all of the kids suggestions etc, but the new profile i setup for me had no history or suggestions so was as new. It's not perfect, but at least the kids retain all their previous suggestions and history and i get to start with a clean slate!
     
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    This is great because I can now add all "questionable" content without the fear of embarrassment! :D
     

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