If you've used Netflix before, you know it's an amazing entertainment service for your favorite TV shows and movies. Its only downside is when you're using it on multiple devices. The user interface differs from Xbox 360 to PS3 to Apple TV and so on. But today Netflix decided to change that. Today they announced they're getting rid of its well-known grid view and bringing you a whole new setup that feels more like normal TV.
The main screen has gotten rid of the poster setup and replaced it with widescreen thumbnails for each show. Once you pick an item, the top half of the screen will display images from the show or movie you are currently looking at. The lower half will give you a small synopsis and what Netflix is calling its "evidence". Adding in a social aspect, if one of your Facebook friends likes an item in your queue, the evidence will tell you. Also, if a show is being recommended because of another item already in your Netflix Queue the evidence will show the connection. Making the experience even better, searching has been updated. So not only can you search an item's name but also people in the show. So if you can't remember the name of that one TV show from the 90's but know the main actors name (even the writers or directors) you can still find the show.
The roll-out begins today, starting with updates for PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PS3, Roku 3, and a couple of TVs and Blu-Ray players in the next two weeks. Apple TV won't get the update so it can stay uniform with the rest of the apps. The same with Xbox One, keeping its Windows 8 "metro" feel. And, of course, no update is expected for the Wii and Wii U. Old devices will be upgraded over time but Netflix says that after the first two weeks 50% of the users will be on the new Netflix UI. After the upgrade is complete, any device with the new UI will roll-out new features everywhere at once.