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Upcoming changes to FeedFliks

07 Oct

Some important changes to the Netflix API go into effect next Friday ie Oct 14th. In summary, the Netflix API will focus exclusively on Streaming content and remove all DVD-related information.

This fundamental change on the Netflix API side affects FeedFliks (and other applications based on their API) in very direct ways that you should know about.

How does this affect you?

  • You will no longer be able to view or modify your DVD queue from FeedFliks
  • FeedFliks will no longer be able to show you how many titles you’ve been renting each week/month etc.
  • FeedFliks will no longer be able to tell how many days you have held onto DVDs and send you the alerts that you might have signed up for.
  • Information on your ratings and recommendations will only be for Streaming titles and not DVD titles.
  • Other interesting trends such as ‘Most Queued on DVD’ or ‘DVD vs Instant Watch’ will no longer be possible to show.

If you have any further questions, please leave comments here or email us as feedback@feedfliks.com

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12 Comments

Posted by on October 7, 2011 in feedfliks, feedflix, netflix, queue, ratings, streaming

 

12 responses to “Upcoming changes to FeedFliks

  1. Daryl Spitzer (@yacitus)

    October 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Any word on whether Qwikster will offer an API?

     
  2. feedflix

    October 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    No Daryl, no idea at all.

     
  3. Scott Mace

    October 8, 2011 at 5:28 am

    For those of us trying to pull our DVD viewing history and ratings out of Netflix before they go away (or become quasi-property of Facebook), does your service represent an inexpensive way to make a copy of this history and ratings before 10/14/11? That is, once it’s in Feedflix, can we export it to some other data format?

     
  4. feedflix

    October 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Scott – I am sure NF will allow you to take your history with you but if you want FF can save that information for you. We won’t have *all* your ratings though…

     
  5. Scott Mace

    October 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Why not all the ratings? Some limitation in the number of ratings you can retrieve using the Netflix API? And there is *no* obvious way at the moment for Netflix users to take their ratings with them.

     
  6. feedflix

    October 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Scott – correct, the API only returns your 20 most recent ratings.

     
  7. mjw

    October 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    So I’m assuming that Netflix has cancelled this change now that they’ve cancelled Qwikster?

     
  8. feedflix

    October 10, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    mjw – I am trying to find out but I don’t believe NF has cancelled this change on the API. Waiting to hear back from NF

     
  9. mjw

    October 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Let’s hope they do! Leaving the changes in would be yet another bone-headed move on their part.

    I was hoping that you would be our savior when they made the Qwikster move by integrating results from APIs from both entities. Glad you don’t have to worry about that, though. It would have been a lot of programming. (On the other hand, you would have had a lot more premium members!)

     
  10. Gerald

    October 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Daniel Jacobson on the Netflix Developer blog has posted that DVD features will not be removed from the API now that Qwikster is dead. So, fortunately, apps such as Feedfliks will continue to function as per normal. Awesome news to me.

     
  11. Mark

    October 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Will we be able to access our accounts once this change takes place? because I have not been able to access anything for a few months now

     

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