In a win for us Netflix streaming users, Netflix apparently got the vibe we were sending out. That being, that the new Instant web design was absolutely horrible, unintuitive, clunky, and stupid. It seems like they finally got the message, as they've posted this on their official Netflix blog:
This is Michael Spiegelman, Director of Product Management. Thank you to those of you who offered thoughtful opinions and suggestions on the new user interface. We're making a couple of changes based on your feedback:
- The horizontal scrolling functionality that was jittery for some should be reduced now that we've disabled scrolling to the left until you've first scrolled to the right.
We'll continue to improve our website experience and will be evaluating other feature ideas for release over the next several weeks.
- We're bringing sortable lists back. You'll see them return later this month.
So it's good that they're minimally bringing sorting back and seemingly getting rid of the horizontal viewing of films and TV shows, but I simply wish they'd realize there was nothing wrong with the original setup to begin with.
If you're looking for a quick fix to the issue, this blog post detailed how to get the original Instant web site view back. I use Chrome, so I use the Chrome Extension listed there.