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DVD and Streaming History No Longer Available through Netflix’s API

22 Sep

Effective 15th September 2012, Netflix will no longer provide a user’s DVD or Streaming history via their API.

What this means is that FeedFliks will no longer be able to tell you how long you’ve held onto DVDs or send you email alerts when you’ve held on to them for too long. This also means that going forward we won’t be able to calculate an average cost/movie for you. Your Streaming History page will also no longer be updated.

Note that this is not a Premium vs Free issue – no third party apps will have access to your DVD or Streaming histories. Unfortunately this is a decision Netflix made and is not going to change.

Other features will continue to be available: both Queues will continue to be refreshed, you can still sign up for Alerts (and have them added to your Instant Queue when the title becomes available). You’ll also get alerts when titles are about to expire from your Instant Queue.

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6 responses to “DVD and Streaming History No Longer Available through Netflix’s API

  1. Jeff Cahill

    September 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    I can’t even begin to express how disappointing this is! First it was the API for when movies would be leaving Instant Watch. Loosing that was pretty major itself. Now to loose DVD and streaming history and the most important thing of all, average cost per title! I don’t understand what Netflix’s reasoning for this is. It certainly not because Feedflix competes with them on providing this type of rental statistics. The Netflix website barely functions well enough to rent movies. I would send an email to Netflix expressing my extrememe displeasure with their removal of the API’s, but Netflix has demonstrated time and again that they don’t care about their customers. I can’t see this being any different.

     
  2. Tim K

    September 23, 2012 at 3:13 am

    WTH was their point of even creating an open API in the first place?! It’s pretty much useless at this point.

     
  3. Don W

    September 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Netflix apps gallery is no longer available. Apparently they’ve decided that they no longer want other sites to help their users.

     
  4. Josh

    September 24, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I think it has to do with privacy law. There is an old law that prevent company from sharing your movie renter history with anyone. And as far as I can tell it can not be use again you in court, just like what type of book you read. Netflix was breaking the law (as far as I know, I could be wrong) when they were providing this data.

    Or course it will be nice if Netflix calc the cost per stream for you. That was the only reason i was using Feedflix. Without that, I don’t need it.

     
  5. Jeff Cahill

    September 24, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I can understand that as far as Netflix was planning on sharing your rental history with Facebook…with or without a persons consent. I think that sharing your rental history without the renters consent should be illegal. However, I explicitly granted Feedflix access to my Netflix account for the sole purpose of the services that Feedflix provides and no one else would have seen the data. No…I think the bottom line here is that Netflix is just being a bunch of jerks and really doesn’t care about customers and customer service.

     
  6. Chris

    January 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Netflix now shares DVD history with Facebook…what about Feedfliks?

     

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