Above all, Netflix throws new films and series at the streaming people every day, but the competition from Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Co. are in no way inferior. In addition, there are the freely available offers of the public media libraries of ARD, ZDF and their sub-programs. Who can still see through it and how do you avoid nasty “landmines”, content that you can safely give yourself?
Get rid of the crap on Netflix and Co: Simply filter with JustWatch
The providers themselves are not very helpful, because you can hardly really filter and if so only to a very limited extent. Amazon, for example, sometimes hides the ratings of the renowned IMDb (International Film Database) here and there, or you can only find them at second glance. The other players on the field don’t offer anything like that at all – it’s just chaos. So if you don’t want to find out in the middle of the film that you’re watching crap, you should be able to determine the quality of the content beforehand.
If only there were some kind of search engine for Netflix and other streaming services, a search that also takes quality into account. Luckily, they actually exist and I’ve been using them for a while. I’m talking about “JustWatch” – you can use it as a website (link) or directly as an app for iPhone and Android (view in the App Store, in the Google Play Store) If you don’t know the service yet, you should definitely try it out, a real insider tip.
JustWatch maps the catalogs of almost all streaming services and media libraries. Under “New” you will find the new additions under “Popular” at the end there is the entire offer, which you can filter according to your mood. For example, by content type (film, series), year of release, genre, FSK rating and much more. What interests us here is the filtering by IMDb rating, only films and series with a desired score are then displayed at all. And then how does this help us to find the “pearls”? Quite simply, you have to be able to understand and interpret the IMDb score. It is quite helpful because a large number of ratings therefore gives a very realistic picture of the films and series.
This year’s Netflix highlights from our colleagues at Kino.de:
How do I correctly interpret the IMDb rating?
After years of “practice” and experience, I currently come up with the following classification of the IMDb rating. As a reminder, there is a maximum of 10 points or stars. But of course nobody gets the full number of points, so the following applies:
- Below 5 points: Absolute crap, don’t look at it.
- 5 to 6 points: Lower category, if you have nothing else to do, you are welcome to waste your time.
- 6.1 to 6.9 points: All right, you can take a look. But you don’t miss anything if you don’t do it.
- 7 to 7.9 points: It’s a good movie or a good series. It’s worth a look.
- From 8 points upwards: Absolute duty, must and should be seen.
In the end, you can easily hide all content that doesn’t suit you or doesn’t meet your own quality standards. This approach works perfectly for me, and you can certainly benefit from it in the future. A little tip: I work my way from top to bottom, so initially I set the IMDb filter to 8.0, for example, and then slowly lower it when I’ve already seen all the good pieces.
How do you think we found the following Netflix tips:
Worth mentioning: JustWatch is free in and of itself. However, if you need more filter options and don’t want to see any advertising, you have to subscribe to the Pro version – costs 2.49 euros. In my opinion, however, in order to find the real pearls on Netflix and Co. in the manner described alone, the Pro membership is not absolutely necessary.