Netflix adds Facebook U.S. support, Facebook timeline overhaul emphasizes feature

In September 2011, Netflix announced that its users in Canada and Latin America could share their favorite movies and TV shows on the streaming video service with their Facebook friends. However, that kind of support was not given to the huge US audience for Netflix because of a law called the Video Privacy Protection Act.

Netflix pushed hard for a new law that would allow U.S. users of its service to have the same Facebook support that other countries have. That law has now been passed and today, Netflix revealed that the promised Facebook support has started rolling out to U.S. streaming video customers. It should be fully in place in the next few days.

Netflix states:

By default, sharing will only happen on Netflix. You'll see what titles your friends have watched in a new “Watched by your friends” row and what they have rated four or five stars in a new “Friends’ Favorites” row. Your friends will also be able to see what you watch and rate highly.

Netflix users can choose not to share specific titles with their Facebook friends by clicking on the "Don't Share This" button. Netflix subscribers can limit or shut off Facebook sharing completely by going into the "Social Settings" menu of the "Your Account" section. Netflix says it plans to improve and add more social features to its service in the future.

The U.S. Facebook support for Netflix comes the same day Facebook is announcing changes to users Timelines that will emphasize movies, TV shows, books and music. The page layout of Timeline also gets a refresh with Facebook saying, "Starting today, all posts are on the right side of your timeline, with photos, music and other recent activity on the left."

Sources: Netflix, Facebook | Image via Facebook

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By default, something to go disable then. I have no more interest in sharing what shows I watch than I do sharing photos of my breakfast.

Great but now Netflix MUST add individual profiles for a family account or else my friends will think I love watching Dora the Explorer…

Doesn't matter anyway, I have the new facebook site update for the news feeds.
All I see is posts ranging from last week, to 8 hours ago. What facebook thinks are important.

Switching to the 'most recent' news feed just shows me my friend's friend's status updates. That's right, I see the full status update of not my friends, but their friends every single time they comment or like something. It even spams me with liked pages from companies that my friend's have liked.
The result is, this morning I calculated it to be just 14% of my friends updates, the rest were of things that were no interest to me. It honestly feels like I'm not even using my account anymore, I'm constantly seeing people I have no clue who they are as if they're putting a status update or picture on.
to make matters worse, the UI is so big now, that at best with a 1920x1080 display, I'm only seeing 3 status updates, and that goes down to 2 status updates if someone decides to like their friends picture, or share's a picture or if a product/suggested page pops up (since it puts their profile header inline on the feed too now).

I honestly don't think Netflix is going to be worth sharing with 'friends', because you're more likely to see friends of friend's Netflix. If at all.

I agree with you as far as the feed. There are more posts that I don't want to see (posing as posts but really ads) and hard to find what I want to see. I do welcome Netflix though, but hope Google+ is integrated as well even if most of my friends aren't on it.