Netflix has slowly become a lot of peoples only method of viewing the moving pictures, whether it be movies or television. This naturally leads to people wanting more and more content to come to this platform. You can tweet at Netflix, or you can badger their facebook page; there is another option that is much more official and basically an open secret at this point.
Netflix has a special page on their website that allows its users to request content. This may come as a shock to many people (like myself), who have been using Netflix for many years. Turns out there is a whole support page! Sarcasm aside, if you navigate over to help.netflix you can find this page:
The form is pretty user friendly. You can suggest up to three titles at a time. The site makes it pretty clear that you shouldn’t request the same thing multiple times. I’m sure that doesn’t stop people from asking for Reno 911 a hundred times a day, and honestly should it?
Netflix is always updating its library of movies and tv. Almost notoriously, as members are often quoted as being upset when content seemingly disappears off the service. This feeling of powerlessness can lead to frustration, and its not clear how much this option being available can help alleviate that.
I didn’t know Netflix had a request feature til a few months ago. I requested Ice Fantasy and a few weeks later it was actually added to the Canadian Netflix. I was pretty amazed at that. I just chalked it up to a weird coincidence
Another user(DpwnShift) had a similar experience:
I watched the entire M*A*S*H series on Netflix only to discover the jumbo-size series finale wasn’t available to stream. I went on their website to send an email about how ridiculous this was and it directed me to the online chat. The woman on there was very nice and said she would forward my request “directly to their content team”.
“Okay, thank you for your help,” since I didn’t think much of it. Lo and behold, 24-hours later, that episode was available to stream. Coincidence? Perhaps, but it’d be a big one. I assume they want to help, if it’s easy and inexpensive acquiring the rights to something
There are more factors at work than just requesting something; obviously there has to be enough people that want it, AND it has to be cost effective for whatever licensing is required. It may be a long shot overall, but it could be worth it- whether it be the obvious choice in Reno 911 or something more obscure, try it out!
Decades of video games and comic books have molded me into the nerd with a heart of gold that I am today. I can go full fanboy one second, and then gleefully play devil’s advocate the next- life is just more fun that way.