Certainly, from a casual look at the selection, it’s clear that it is not spilling over with blockbuster hits or Oscar winning titles. But what if we took the average rating of titles that are available for instant watch and compared with the overall (with the caveat that at 17,000 titles out of a catalog of 100,000+, some 85% of the titles are *not* available for streaming) . Over at FeedFliks, we have a copy of the Netflix catalog and at least by one common metric, the average rating of a title, the numbers are less stark:
Average rating of ALL titles in the Netflix catalog: 2.94
Average rating of titles available on instant watch: 2.98
Average rating of titles available on DVD only (not via streaming): 2.93
It appears that while the sheer number of IW titles is small, the average rating is not worse. It is, in fact, slightly better: 2.98 vs 2.94! In other words a title that you picked out randomly from the catalog would actually be better if it was a stream-able title than not.
I certainly did not expect that – did you? As always, comments are welcome.