Netflix is nothing short of a game-changer when it comes to home entertainment. It certainly wasn’t the first service to begin streaming movies and TV shows to our homes, but there’s no question that Netflix led the charge, and continues to lead the charge, in terms of popularizing home streaming and changing the way we consume movies and TV series.
Of course, that hardly means the service is perfect. In fact, there are some things that are flat-out annoying about Netflix. Subscribers will be excited to learn that there are some changes brewing on the company’s website though, and we now have our first look at the upcoming redesign.
Back in March, we told you about a nifty little tweak we thought everyone who uses Netflix on a computer should know about. In a nutshell the “God Mode” tweak does away with the horribly annoying carousels and fans out all of the thumbnails on netflix.com, allowing the user to see all available content instead of having to scroll through a slow, choppy animation.
Well, it looks like Netflix is fully aware of how much we all hate its carousels, and the company is currently testing a new interface that finally does away with them.
A number of lucky Netflix users have been given early access to a substantial overhaul of Netflix’s website interface. Users were seemingly chosen at random, and the new interface they’re now seeing is far more sleek than the old UI. More importantly, the dreaded content carousels are gone, replaced by a better layout that fills the screen with details in each section rather than forcing users to deal with slow-scrolling carousels.
Here’s the old interface — note the arrow all the way to the right that indicates where the carousel scrolls:
Now, here’s the new interface (via Verge):
If you want to see as much content as possible on a single screen, the God Mode tweak is still your best bet. Netflix’s new UI is a big step in the right direction though, and it definitely enhances the browsing experience.
Sadly, there’s not yet any word on when the new interface will become available to all users.
UPDATE: Netflix has confirmed that the new interface will launch for all subscribers next month.