It’s common for a person to spend an entire weekend watching all 11 seasons of a television series only to come to the realization they haven’t bathed or gone outside since Friday afternoon. But maybe the viewer doesn’t want anybody to know that? Netflix is testing out a new private viewing mode that will give you more privacy with your viewing habits. Via Gigaom:
At Netflix we continuously test new things. In this case, we are testing a feature in which a user watching a movie or TV show can choose to view in “Privacy Mode.” Choosing that option means the program will not appear in your viewing activity log, nor will it be used to determine recommendations about what you should watch in the future.
I think this is a great thing. When you watch five minutes of a movie or TV show and don’t like it, you might not appreciate Netflix recommending 20 similar things to something you don’t like. However, there is no possible way to escape the recommendation of Breaking Bad. That’s Netflix law.