It was back in June that Netflix first announced personal profiles were coming. In case you missed that announcement, profiles are a way to separate Netflix recommendations for different members of the family. The idea is that when your kids watch a bunch of cartoons under their profile, you won't have Netflix recommending Spongebob Squarepants when you sit down to find something to watch at the end of the day.
Well good news, personal profiles are here, or at least they are rolling out across the US & Canada. My account doesn't have them yet, but Netflix shared some details on its blog.
Each account will be able to have up to 5 profiles, and each will be able to connect to a different Facebook account, if that's your thing. For now you'll have to create profiles on the web or on a Playstation 3, but profiles will initially be supported on the Netflix website, iOS devices, the PS3, the Xbox 360, Apple TV and newer smart TVs and Blu-Ray Players. (Said another way, in case that's confusing, you'll need to access your Netflix account on the web or a PS3 to initially create a profile, but once you do that you'll be able to select that profile from any of the supported platforms.) The Nintendo Wii (and presumably Wii U) and Android devices are singled out as getting profile support 'soon.' Notable by its absence: Netflix on Roku. We'll have to wait and see.
I'm not seeing any mention of Instant Queues in this coverage and I'm still wondering if profiles will support individual queues or just individual recommendations. I'll come back and update this post when I've gotten solid info on that. [Update 8/2/13 10:00 PM ET: My account has profiles activated and I can confirm what Kyle Bourchert shared in the comments. Each profile does have a separate queue.]
In the meantime I have some Hulu news today too. Way back in January I wrote about Hulu debuting three new Original Series this year and one of them (my favorite of the three) was The Awesomes, an animated series "about the greatest superhero team ever — after all the good members quit."
Well the first two episodes of The Awesomes are now live (that link is to episode 1). I haven't had a chance to watch yet but the show is definitely on my weekend to-do list. If you get a chance to check it out before I do, please leave a comment telling us what you think!
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