Todd Yellin, the Vice President of Netflix, said that the company has decided to replace their current Movie Rating system using stars. Instead, the audience will now have to choose between the thumbs up and thumbs down icon. According to a report published in the BGR, the new change will be coming worldwide in April 2017.

New movie rating system may not go well with many users

This new move from Netflix was totally unexpected, and it has not gone well with many people. Millions of online movie critics are fond of giving a star rating to the film, and they are not that open to give the 'thumbs' way of rating.

On the other hand, Yellin said during a recent press conference at the company’s headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif that Netflix has been testing the thumbs up and thumbs down rating with thousands of members for the last one year.

"Five Stars feels very yesterday now. We are addicted to the methodology of A/B testing,” Yellin said. The result was that thumbs got 200% more ratings than the traditional star-rating feature", said Yellin as per a report on 'Variety.' Yellin made it clear that bubbling the stuff which people want to see is super important.

Thumbs Up and Thumbs down an easier concept

Netflix believes that the new thumbs up and thumbs down system of rating is an easier concept to understand the quality of the movie rather than trying to figure out the star rating they obtained.

At one point in time, Netflix had more than 10 billion 5-star ratings, and more than 50 percent of the members had rated more than 50 titles. But, in the course of time, Netflix realized that rating movies through explicit star ratings are turning out to be less relevant when compared to other signals. Many users used to rate documentaries with five stars and used to give three stars to silly movies. And in the end, instead of watching documentaries, they will watch these films.

Last week, the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings visited India and met Bollywood superstars Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan.