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A Reader Asks:

Are there any websites or apps you can recommend that’ll notify me of the latest movie releases on Netflix?

Bruce’s Reply:

It can be hard to keep up with what’s on Netflix. Each week, new shows are added and old shows are removed. What’s worse, Netflix doesn’t really let you know. One day, a show might be there, and the next it won’t. Shows are quietly added with little pomp and ceremony. It’s frustrating.

So are there any sites that make it easy to find out what’s new on Netflix – the world’s biggest streaming site? Well, yes. Here are four I found that fit the bill.

Netflixable

Netflixable lists showings for every Netflix region, according by the date they were added to the service. Unusually, these are presented as daily blog posts, with separate articles for movies and TV shows. Each post shows the latest arrivals over the past five days, and is ordered by release date and alphabetical order. There’s also the Netflixable mailing list, which brings the latest Netflix arrivals straight to your inbox. You can also specify your region in order to get the most relevant results.

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One of the biggest advantages of Netflixable over other sites is the wide range of regions they provide listings for. Everywhere from the US, to Australia and the Netherlands is covered. One of the biggest problems with Netflix is how the content varies wildly from region to region. But with a VPN (virtual private network) What A VPN Tunnel Is & How To Set One Up What A VPN Tunnel Is & How To Set One Up Read More , you can spoof your location, and watch a larger range of content The Ultimate Guide to Watching Online TV with Private Internet Access The Ultimate Guide to Watching Online TV with Private Internet Access Virtual private networks (VPNs) allow you to push your network traffic through an encrypted tunnel, making it easy to hide your identity, and to browse the Internet securely when using a public access points. Read More .

Netflixable also provide the iStreamGuide app, available for Android (free) and iOS ($2.99). This allows you to search for shows across multiple regions. Although, we’ve seen a lot of complaints about the Android version. Apparently it displays quite intrusive full-screen advertisements, even when the app is closed. The iOS version doesn’t, but that’s probably because it’s a paid application.

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Instantwatcher

Instantwatcher makes use of the Netflix API (what is an application programming interface?) What Are APIs, And How Are Open APIs Changing The Internet What Are APIs, And How Are Open APIs Changing The Internet Have you ever wondered how programs on your computer and the websites you visit "talk" to each other? Read More to return listings of new movies and shows on Netflix. Because it uses the API to get the information direct from Netflix’s servers, it should be the most current available at all times.

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Simply clicking on ‘new’ in the menu will return a list of the latest movies and TV shows added in reverse chronological order. It’ll also display the age rating of each show, as well the format in which it’s transmitted, and the Rotten Tomatoes score. You can also refine the results by actor, maturity rating, and critic, viewer ratings, and even duration.

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Unfortunately, the results are for Netflix US only. But as we’ve discussed in the past, it’s trivial to gain access to this How to Get Full Access to American Netflix Selections on Your UK Account - With Any Device! How to Get Full Access to American Netflix Selections on Your UK Account - With Any Device! A common complaint about UK Netflix (and it's competitor LoveFilm, though I still maintain the selection and interface of Netflix is far superior) is that the updates are so infrequent that the choice of movies... Read More  from abroad.

What’s On Netflix

What’s on Netflix claims to be the unofficial Netflix fansite. In addition to listing the best films on the site by genre, they also post daily updates about new additions. Unfortunately, they don’t cover nearly as many regions as rival Netflixable, with only Netflix UK and US being featured. They also show a very limited amount of information on each title. Unlike Instantwatcher, there’s no way to aggregate based upon age rating, reviews or length.

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But they do have a Coming Soon and Leaving Soon section, which both lists titles that will be arriving and leaving the service. I’ve not seen anything similar on any other competing sites.

Rotten Tomatoes

We were slightly disappointed with Rotten Tomatoes.

Rotten Tomatoes lets you can selectively see what is available to stream from a variety of services including Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, HBO, and Flixter. There are options to view the newest releases, and what is coming soon with a couple of pretty big caveats:

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  • You can only sort the results by the release date of the movie, its genre, and its Tomatometer rating. You cannot get the results by the date it was added to the service.
  • When looking at the New Releases for Netflix, none of the 25 results it returned were in the lists provided by the other three sites. One has to wonder about how accurate their data is.

Given that Rotten Tomatoes is one of the oldest and most respected online movie guides, we were somewhat let down with its use as a tool for finding new films and TV shows on Netflix.

The Ultimate Netflix Guide

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention The Ultimate Netflix Guide The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Wanted To Know About Netflix But Were Afraid To Ask The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Wanted To Know About Netflix But Were Afraid To Ask Find out all the best tips and tricks to use Netflix anywhere, any time. This guide is everything you ever needed to know about using Netflix. Read More , written by our very own Mark O’Neill. This is a one-stop shop for all things Netflix. If it isn’t covered there, it simply isn’t worth knowing. In particular, pay close attention to Chapter 9 The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Wanted To Know About Netflix But Were Afraid To Ask The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Wanted To Know About Netflix But Were Afraid To Ask Find out all the best tips and tricks to use Netflix anywhere, any time. This guide is everything you ever needed to know about using Netflix. Read More , which lists a number of third-party services you can use to find new shows on Netflix, as well as inspiration for your next movie night.

The Bottom Line

When deciding which of these options are right for you, there are a couple of things to consider.

Will you be watching content from regions other than your own? If so, Netflixable is the most suitable option, although don’t forget about What’s On Netflix, which covers the UK and US. If you want to closely refine your search queries based upon your own personal tastes, check out InstantWatcher. If you want to track content that’ll be joining and leaving the Netflix lineup, What’s On Netflix is your only option.

Really, we were impressed with all of the sites we looked at, with the exception of Rotten Tomatoes.

  1. AllFlicks
    February 21, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Bruce,

    We have a similar site to the sites listed here. It's called AllFlicks. This is what TechRadar wrote about us: "Thankfully, there are various online websites which keep an up-to-date list of every show or film that gets added to Netflix on a daily basis, with AllFlicks perhaps being the most comprehensive (and user-friendly) of them all."

    We'd love you the check the site out at http://www.allflicks.net

  2. likefun butnot
    September 9, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Something I find very helpful, which might not be obvious to some people, is that Netflix is much, much easier to browse on a PC, using a web browser and proper mouse and keyboard. Other devices tend to have much more limited and limiting views of the full selection of Netflix titles.

    Once found, a title can be added to your Instant Queue, something that should be easy to find regardless of the type or limitations of your device's Netflix client.

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