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A feature that has been long requested from Netflix fans is the ability to not have your recommended TV Shows and Movies ruined by a friend or family member who has used your account. That’s why when user profile support was mentioned for Netflix, there was rejoice from the community.

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Netflix has announced that it will rolling out the support for multiple profiles to iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs, together with Playstation and Xbox devices, and other supported platforms over the next few days.

Today, we are launching a new feature on Netflix that solves that problem and makes it even easier to find something that you will enjoy. You will be able to add additional profiles (up to 5) for each member of your household that uses Netflix. Each person will get personalized suggestions based on what they watch and rate, as well as separate Recently Watched and Instant Queue lists. You can also connect each person to a different Facebook account, to get personalized suggestions from your friends.

Netflix mention that Android and Wii support will be added at a later date.

Netflix mention that Android and Wii support will be added at a later date.

Netflix Profiles: A Step Forward?

You’ll only be able to add more profiles from the Netflix website or on a Playstation 3 from day one. You can, however, select profiles from any Netflix enabled device.

The good thing about profiles is that the viewing history stays within a profile, much like a virtual ringfence. The only problem is that if both you and your wife watch a film, that history will only be stored on that profile and the recommendations will be limited to the profile it is viewed on. It would have to be rewatched on another profile to get those recommendations. You can seed the recommendation engine with your favourite interests for Netflix to intelligently suggest media based on your personal tastes, so this may provide some consultation to the restriction.

What do you think about Netflix profiles?

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