How many hundreds of thousands of hours are you spending on Netflix?
A new website called “Top 10 on Netflix” launched today, finally shedding some light on the streaming platform's metrics.
It will actively show how many hours are spent watching the titles in the top 10 of their film and TV categories. Every Tuesday, the site will update based on hours viewed from Monday to Sunday the previous week for both original and licensed titles on Netflix. You can separate the numbers into categories like global Top 10 lists for Films (English), TV (English), Films (non-English), and TV (non-English), as well as rankings for over 90 countries.
The website is currently available in English and Spanish, with more languages to come next year.
"This is an important step forward for Netflix, the creators we work with, and our members," wrote Pablo Perez De Rosso (VP, Content Strategy, Planning & Analysis). "People want to understand what success means in a streaming world, and these lists offer the clearest answer to that question in our industry. Most of all, though, we hope our new weekly Top 10 on Netflix will help fans discover new stories and join new conversations—whether it’s understanding your friend’s newfound passion for chess, the value of a won or what’s going on with all those 'cool cats and kittens.'"
De Rosso's post also joked that Netflix has been given "a lot of feedback about our metrics over the years," including that it's totally made up. So this site will hopefully shed a little light on how the streaming platform measures success.
Want to know about the most popular shows and movies of all time? Netflix will also begin to categorize those over time. These lists are based on the total hours viewed in a title’s first 28 days on Netflix.
For more information about their methodology, check this out.
Obviously, getting these numbers out in the open is great, not just for Netflix but for creators trying to determine how popular their shows/movies are in order to negotiate contracts.
I also think this is a great step for people to just know who's watching what across the world and to find new and exciting titles.
Let us know what you think in the comments.