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10 Tools to Get the Most Out of Netflix

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Netflix (s nflx) offers thousands of movies and TV shows online, but finding videos you want to watch can nonetheless prove challenging. Luckily, there are tons of mash-ups, search engines and other tools out there that help you to maximize your Netflix experience.

Here’s our list of ten tools to get the most out of Netflix: This site is invaluable for Netflix users, if only for one feature: Netflix regularly has to take offline movies and TV show episodes based on the rights it has negotiated. Instantwatcher has a list of all these “expiring” titles so you can catch them before they’re gone. The site also makes it possible to browse the best- and worst-ranked movies on Netflix (B-movie night, anyone?), and it even offers advanced queues, including the ability to restrict access to content based on age ratings to members willing to pay $10 bucks a year. That said, it’s free to browse all the lists, and definitely very helpful.

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The Instant Watch DB. This site offers detailed search functionality for Netflix’s online catalog. Want to find a PG-rated comedy released after 2004 that’s available in HD? Then this is the place to go.

WhichFlicks. Yet another way to navigate Netflix’s online catalog, utilizing Rotten Tomatoes as well as Netflix ratings. Very visual, it provides an easy way to find something in seconds. WhichFlicks also has its own iPhone app (s aapl).

Netflix’s RSS feeds. Another way to keep track of all the titles added to Netflix’s online catalog is to subscribe to the site’s RSS feeds. Netflix has a dedicated feed just for new Watch Instantly additions, which you can add to your Google Reader or your browser’s live bookmarks (check this helpful guide if you’re new to RSS feeds).

Feedfliks. Is it time to finally downsize or ditch your DVD subscription and possibly go streaming-only? Feedlix analyzes your Netfix usage data and tells you how much you’re actually spending per movie watched. The site also offers a list of titles that will be added to Netflix’s online catalog in the future, complete with the ability to automatically add them to your Instant Queue once they’re available.

The Netflix iOS apps. (Link opens iTunes) Netflix released an app for the iPad in early 2010, followed by an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch a few months later. Those apps are more than just great ways to watch Netflix on the go; they’re also a neat way to populate your Instant Queue.

Clicker. Want to watch a movie, but don’t know whether it’s available on iTunes, Amazon VOD (s amzn) or Netflix? Then use Clicker’s search engine, which lets you select from various sources.

Netflix Ratings Granulizer. Not satisfied with the current Netflix ratings system? This browser extension allows you to add half stars, so you can differentiate between the movie you absolutely hated and the ones you just didn’t like at all. Available both for Firefox (with Greasemonkey) and Chrome (s goog).

Netflix Pivot. This may not be the most useful tool to explore the Netflix catalog, but it’s definitely cool, if only for the fact that zooming in and out of all of those movie titles really shows you how much video you’ll have at your fingertips. The site makes it possible to browse Netflix’s top 3,000 titles and arrange them by rating.

Rottenflix. This is a Greasemonkey script that displays the Rotten Tomatoes rating of any Netflix movie directly on You’ll need both Firefox and the Firefox Greasemonkey extension to make this work.

And here’s our latest episode of Cord Cutters, which explains how to get the best quality Netflix streams:

Got some tips and tricks to share that helped you to improve your Netflix experience? Fire away in the comments!

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2 Responses to “10 Tools to Get the Most Out of Netflix”

  1. Use Squrl ( to organize and share your own collections of Netflix video. You can also create collections with videos from other content providers like YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, TED, and many more. These dynamic collections are much better for re-watching and easily locating your favorite movies. Squrl lets you organize movies the way you want and gives you more flexibility than the standard queue.

    Here is an example of a collection in Squrl called IMDB Top 250 on Netflix Instant

    Squrl lets you easily search the entire Netflix Instant Watch index within our iPad app. More mobile and TV/STB versions are on the way so you can take your collections wherever you go.

  2. Depending on how cagey you are about what you recieve on Netflix, you might not want to put your Netflix Ship/Receive notifications RSS feed in Google Reader.

    There’s probably a high threshold of popularity that needs to be achieved by subscribers before it starts showing up in searches, but searching through Google Reader for “Netflix Ship/Recieve Notifications” is showing at least three feeds to me, none of which are mine.

    Personally, I’ve been using my Ship/Recieve feed and some Google Apps scripting to automatically post arrival dates of mailed discs to Google Calendar, and let me know that there’s something I want to pick up in the mailbox.