Netflix's recommendations has nothing to do with users' viewing preference, but has everything to do do with content licensing. It will push titles produced in-house and the more expensive licensed titles ahead of anything else. It's all hogwash just like its “rating” system and genre classification.
Its rating system is also used to “train” the service what the viewer likes or not like to watch, instead of just ranking whether a film or show is good or bad. Its purpose is convoluted. Which is also pointless anyway since Netflix will push content that serves its own interest. That's why there are more foreign movies (that are Netflix-produced) in North America listings (like from India or in Asia) because it won't require them to pay for license fees.
As well, it's content classification is horrible. It's so messed up, nothing makes sense. Like for example, if you browse Sci-Fi movies you'll likely find a 3D or animation feature film if it's about science fiction or fantasy. So don't be surprised to see “Space Jam” or “Incredibles” alongside “Total Recall”. The former titles should've been classified as “Children & Family”. It's a botched taxonomy.
Netflix is getting more frustrating to use since it makes it harder to find content one really needs to watch, that is, if one is able to find anything worth watching.
On the bright side, at least the article refers to the programmatic mechanism as “algorithm” not “artificial intelligence.”
New York (The Verge) — Netflix tests Collections that are curated by humans instead of algorithms theverge.com/2019/8/23/2083….
Netflix is testing a new Collections section that rounds up content into themed lists like “Watch in One Night” and “Stream & Scream.” Unlike the service’s usual recommendations, these are put together by actual humans on Netflix’s creative teams.
The feature is only being tested on iOS for now. If you’re involved in the A/B test, you’ll see a pop-up the next time you open Netflix. It takes the place of the “My List” queue at the top of the app, which some subscribers might not appreciate. (My List is still accessible in the “More” tab.)
When you tap into Collections, you’ll see the various titles — Feel All the Feels, Critics Love These Movies, and Netflix is a Joke are other examples — the number of TV shows and / or movies included in each, and how many other users are following that Collection. — Chris Welch/@verge