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iameac
03-28-2011, 08:06 PM
I've noticed recently that when my friends are watching Netflix it'll tell me the title of what they are watching. I remember a couple years ago Netflix got into HUGE trouble when they changed their algorithm and users could see other users' queue. I'm pretty sure it resulted in a lawsuit, but I'm having trouble finding the article.

Anyways, I watch a ton of Netflix so I'm just wondering if I can turn off this "feature"?

Anyone else see this?

Shinobi273
03-28-2011, 08:08 PM
People on your friends list and probably anyone that can see what game you're playing can see what you are watching on netflix. You can appear offline and maybe even away or busy to block this.

Guide button>far right blade>preferences?>online status

That should get you pretty close to the option.

JAW LV
03-28-2011, 08:11 PM
Most of the time when I have a friend watching Netflix I only see that red Netflix cover. However I have a few friends that I can see the movie. I currently don't use Netflix so I'm not aware of their features, but I'm pretty sure you should have this as on optional feature.

Skeletor
03-28-2011, 08:36 PM
I've noticed recently that when my friends are watching Netflix it'll tell me the title of what they are watching. I remember a couple years ago Netflix got into HUGE trouble when they changed their algorithm and users could see other users' queue. I'm pretty sure it resulted in a lawsuit, but I'm having trouble finding the article.

Anyways, I watch a ton of Netflix so I'm just wondering if I can turn off this "feature"?

Anyone else see this?

Not sure what the big deal is, to each their own I suppose, but here's how to adjust those settings:


Find the 'My Xbox' tab on your dashboard then click the window w/your gamertag and gamerscore. Scroll over to 'Online Safety' and choose to change the setting. Click 'Customize' and scroll down to video and music status. If your friends can see your video status then the current setting should be 'Everyone', switch it to blocked.

Your friends should now only see "Watching a movie" when they see you online. And regarding the queue, I've never been able to see anyone's queue, only that they're browsing it. You can only see the movie they're watching, granted they have their settings adjusted to allow it.

Snowwwwy
03-28-2011, 10:17 PM
I think when I see people watching something on Netflix, it just says there watching a movie, I think.

FlyBoy120586
03-29-2011, 12:11 AM
There's an option when you first start using Netflix on your 360 if you want to show what you are watching on your profile.

It asks you right after you set up Netflix with your account I believe.

gamerguy69
03-29-2011, 01:46 AM
There's an option when you first start using Netflix on your 360 if you want to show what you are watching on your profile.

It asks you right after you set up Netflix with your account I believe.

Yes. It's a setting that has to do specifically with Netflix and not the online privacy settings of the 360.

iameac
03-29-2011, 03:58 AM
Yes. It's a setting that has to do specifically with Netflix and not the online privacy settings of the 360.

Hmm I suppose I'll have to reinstall it and see if the setting pop's back up.

I know it typically says "Watching a Movie" or "Watching a TV Show", or "Browsing Instant Queue", but I've noticed that it's started showing the titles of what they're watching.

It's just a privacy thing, not even a concern. I'm part of the school of thought that not everyone needs to know what I'm doing/where I am all the time. I don't think it's weird that I don't think everyone on my friends list should see what I'm watching, or that I don't necessarily need to check in on Foursquare of Facebook every place I go. I don't have 1200 photos on my Facebook, nor do I announce when I'm on the toilet via Twitter. Not for any particular reason, just cause I don't. Some people do and while I don't think it's weird, I just don't do it. Just like the people that are critical of privacy don't concern themselves with what they're sharing. Just thoughts. I'm not judgmental.

Oh here is the post from Wired I was talking about:http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/12/netflix-privacy-lawsuit/

Thanks for the responses BTW!

newbsicle
03-29-2011, 08:50 AM
AWWW! I thought this was going to be a thread where I could tell everyone I just finished watching Battlestar: Galactica seasons 1-4. Or maybe I would tell everyone how I'm a big Kung-fu flick lover and how Jackie Chan's old school films are some of my favorites.

But yeah, as Skeletor pointed out you can change your privacy settings so others can't tell what you're watching.

Schism
03-29-2011, 09:20 AM
AWWW! I thought this was going to be a thread where I could tell everyone I just finished watching Battlestar: Galactica seasons 1-4. Or maybe I would tell everyone how I'm a big Kung-fu flick lover and how Jackie Chan's old school films are some of my favorites.

But yeah, as Skeletor pointed out you can change your privacy settings so others can't tell what you're watching.

create it!!! if it hasnt been already.

i dont mind. i think i have mine set for anyone to see. doesnt really bother me and it saves me the "whatareyouwatchinnn?" question. If netflix had a buttload of porn im pretty sure people wouldnt like the feature. xP

random gamertag- watching backdoor sluts 9

lol:Bounce:

FFFreak1129
03-29-2011, 10:22 AM
I've noticed recently that when my friends are watching Netflix it'll tell me the title of what they are watching. I remember a couple years ago Netflix got into HUGE trouble when they changed their algorithm and users could see other users' queue. I'm pretty sure it resulted in a lawsuit, but I'm having trouble finding the article.

Anyways, I watch a ton of Netflix so I'm just wondering if I can turn off this "feature"?

Anyone else see this?


There is an option to turn that off. You can set it to where people see that you are on Netflix but they can't see what you are watching.

As for the thing where you could see people's queues, that was a feature that no longer exists. You used to be able to have a friend list on Netflix and you could see their queues.

yamayamayaamaa
03-29-2011, 10:36 AM
create it!!! if it hasnt been already.

i dont mind. i think i have mine set for anyone to see. doesnt really bother me and it saves me the "whatareyouwatchinnn?" question. If netflix had a buttload of porn im pretty sure people wouldnt like the feature. xP

random gamertag- watching backdoor sluts 9

lol:Bounce:

I was just thinking that lol... It would be cool if friends could see the cover of that movie on the dashboard!
Either that or while watching a DVD or HD-DVD. :)
There are a couple movie on Netflix with pr0n-ish names but are complete crap. Yes, I checked lol...

P.S. Nice sig, I <3 Arakune.