Netflix's homepage gets a hot update

Netflix has just pushed a significant homepage update to its subscribers.

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Netflix has just pushed a significant homepage update to its subscribers. The Netflix homepage has been essentially the same for awhile now and this new update is very refreshing. Not only is it boasting a cool new look, but it's high on usefulness and functionality.

Netflix's recommendation engine is the centerpiece of this new design. Netflix now breaks down recommendations by categories and lists the source movies for these recommendations. As you can see in the screenshot below, Netflix is recommending movies by Stanley Kubrick (who happens to be one of my favorite directors) to me because I liked Dr. Strangelove and Full Metal Jacket. Perhaps a more impressive set of recommendations is made up of "Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature," as a result of my interest in No Country for Old Men and Big Fish.

Other information making an appearance is your recent rental activity and a single movie recommendation on the top. I think that this update is looking really good. What do the Netflix subscribers out there think?