Netflix Has a Slick New Interface For Its TV Apps

While all of the content on Netflix is provided equally, the look of its player can vary pretty substantially between devices, making it a pain to find things. Now, the company has unified its interface across the majority of its apps.

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The new interface rolls out over the next two weeks for the PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox 360, Roku 3, and a massive bunch of smart TVs and Blu-ray players (more will come in the near future, too). In total, that means over 50 percent of Netflix viewers will be sharing the same, unified interface.

And it's a fairly pleasant experience too, by the look so of things. The usual static grid is axed, at least at the top half of the page, in favor of a masthead with three large, cycling splashes for recommended shows. Beneath that sits the familiar rows of Netflix content, but now with widescreen teasers instead of the old-fashioned poster-style images of old.

There are some other minor but nice tweaks, too: search has been refined, for example, and the evidence Netflix provides to support its recommendations made more prominent. All told, it just looks a bit more... modern.

If you're awfully attached to the UI on your tablet or smartphone, don't worry just yet: Netflix has acknowledged that the new look won't be for every device. It does, however, plan to unify some features and elements of the new look over time. Go check it out in the video above. [Netflix via Verge]

DISCUSSION

SilverAura
SilverAura

Bit of a stupid question here but will this be available on the original Roku HD? I know I cheaped out when I got it but it does what I bought it to do and I'm beyond satisfied with it.

I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't seeing as the Roku HD already has its fair share of software lag and I'm not sure I want updates that would make it worse. But for whatever it's worth, it'll be nice not to be left behind. :)