I freaking love Netflix. Sure the whole “sending movies to my house so I don’t have to leave my couch, except to get the mail” thing is great, but the ability to watch hundreds of thousands of movies and TV shows thanks to the click of the mouse, tap of a touch screen or flick of a joystick is possibly one of the greatest inventions of all time. And I’ve got an idea that I think would make it even better: the ability to make your own line-up that other people can subscribe to like a playlist.
The idea originally sprung from my desire to watch several older TV shows on instant like Cagney And Lacey, Kujo, Sliders, Greatest American Hero and others, but not wanting to necessarily go through an entire series in one sitting. I also didn’t want to jump from show to show because that can be a pain in the ass unless you’ve got your queue set up really well (well, a relative pain in the ass considering how convenient all of Netflix is). That got me thinking that it would be pretty cool if Netflix allowed you to create a playlist that you could drag and drop TV episodes and even movies into and then you’d be all set, basically creating your very own television network. Kick off with a series of series finales and go on from there, dropping shows you don’t want to see anymore and adding new ones once seasons run out. Even toss in some episodes of shows you already like and it’ll be a lot of fun. Or, create your own movie marathon.
One of the features of the playlist option would be the ability to just hit play on the playlist itself which would continue until you either pause or you watch everything on the list. The network aspect would come into play as your Netflix/Xbox/PS3/Wii/whatever friends could see your network and subscribe to it, either watching it at the same time as you in the party function or at your own pace. I’ve avoided the social network aspect of Netflix because, frankly, I don’t care what other people are watching on a movie by movie basis or what they think I might want to watch, but maybe they’ve got a few good ideas for what shows to watch and when or what order the damn Puppet Master movies are supposed to be played in. Plus, let’s face it, it would be a lot easier for someone else to do the work for me.
So, there you go internet. Feel free to pass my idea along to Netflix. If they like it (and why wouldn’t they?) I will accept a free account for life, all Doctor Who series to be available on Instant and a tour of their headquarters.