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Netflix testing major redesign of TV interface

07 Jun 2024 | Rasmus Larsen |

Netflix's new beta user interface for TV devices gets rid of the sidebar in favor of a top menu. The biggest change is that title cards automatically expand to reveal a preview.

The company will start testing the refreshed user interface this week with a small group of subscribers using Smart TVs or other TV devices to evaluate how it is received and to see if tweaks are needed.

It is a major redesign and the first one since Netflix in 2018 rolled out a new interface with a sidebar menu.

This sidebar is gone in the redesigned user interface, replaced by a top menu with fewer sections. The 'My Netflix' tab – known from mobile devices – is expanding to TV devices. You can reach the top menu either by scrolling to the top or simply by clicking the back button on your remote, the company told The Verge.

Hover previews

Today on Netflix's TV app, you jump between title cards in the middle of the screen, but all information about the show, including the preview trailer, is shown at the top. In the redesigned TV app, you can hover over a TV show or movie to bring up more information, metadata, and a preview. - "We often see members doing gymnastics with their eyes as they’re scanning the home experience," Pat Flemming, Netflix’s Senior Director of Product, told The Verge. "We really wanted members to have an easier time figuring out if a title is right for them." Netflix 2024 interface
The redesigned interface with hover previews. GIF: Netflix

Coming soon

The redesign comes after Netflix has begun expanding its catalog to include mobile games and live sports, in addition to movies, series, documentaries and other types of video entertainment. If the test goes well, Netflix will roll out the new interface to most of its subscribers in the "coming months and quarters," according to Pat Flemming. It appears that not all TV devices can handle the new interface, which may explain why the Netflix app is being removed from devices such as pre-tvOS Apple TVs and older Sony TVs that are no longer receiving software updates.

Netflix 2024 redesign

Netflix 2024 redesign

Netflix 2024 redesign

Photos: Netflix

- Source: The Verge

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