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Instant Watch Database Redux

Published on Tuesday, May 01, 2012 at 12:18AM

People who know me are well aware of the fact that I have been working tirelessly on a brand new version of Instant Watch Database. I am still a few weeks away from a release, but I wanted to give everybody a glimpse of what is on the horizon.

Let me start by saying that I’m not taking the site in a drastically different direction. Simplicity is one of the things that sets Instant Watch Database apart from the rest of the Netflix sites out there, and I didn’t want to change that. At the same time, I wanted to take the site to the next level. Striking a balance between these two goals has been a challenge, but I think the end result will be one that makes most people happy.

New Look and Feel

First and foremost, the look and feel of Instant Watch Database will be changing quite a bit. The layout will remain the same (for the most part), but I decided to part ways with the red and black “Netflixy” look. I won’t go into the exact reasons for this decision, but it was done to prepare for some exciting new features I am still working on.

New Look and Feel

New Look and Feel

Better Mobile Compatibility

If you use Instant Watch Database on a mobile device, you may have noticed some quirks that make the experience less than perfect. I have spent a considerable amount of time addressing these issues.

Back-end Changes

I have definite plans for the future of Instant Watch Database, and those plans required me to make some drastic architecture changes. None of these changes will be obvious to you, but they will facilitate some of the exciting changes that will be coming soon! :)

Premium Memberships

Instant Watch Database has always been a free service, and it will continue to be. All of the basic site features will remain free, but features that currently require a login will soon require a $4.99 yearly subscription.

These are some of the features that will be limited to premium members:

  • No advertisements (Banner ads will be coming back, but not for premium members)
  • Sorting/Grouping queued titles
  • Excluding queued and watched titles from your search results
  • Queue management (e.g. removing items from your queue without being logged into Netflix)
  • Several brand new features (including some social goodness) that will be available when the new site launches

Oh, I almost forgot to mention something kind of important. If you already have an Instant Watch Database account (as of today), you will automatically become a premium member when the new site launches, and you will never be required to pay the yearly fee. Just my way of thanking everyone who has helped make Instant Watch Database a success. :)