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Wed, Dec 14, 2016 8:05 AM

IMDb India

We are excited to bring to you an IMDb experience catered to the interests of the millions of movie & TV fans in India. Today we launched www.imdb.com/india. Now, in addition to using IMDb as the authoritative destination for international films and TV shows, you can rely on us as an entertainment destination that will keep you up to date on the latest and greatest Indian movies.

Bookmark www.imdb.com/india/trending to stay current with “What’s Trending in India” across upcoming movies and celebrities,updated daily.

You can now plan your movie nights based on the “IMDb TopRated Indian Movies” list that includes movies in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam,Telugu, and Bengali. The list is ranked by a rigorous formula which includes the number of ratings each movie received among other criteria. To complement the movie recommendations based on inputs from IMDb users, you will also discover recommendations based on our editors picks. Our editors put me through an Amitabh Bachchan quiz today. I scored a measly 5/10 – clearly I have more BigB movie watching to do.

I am proud and humbled to see millions of people across the world using IMDb every day. IMDb was born out of my personal film diary and lifelong obsession with cinema. IMDb’s first version was the simple database I created on my computer of every film I saw since the age of 13. I encourage you to visit IMDb and join the community of passionate movie fans across the world.I have 234 Indian movies on my watchlist currently, and my most memorable Indian film is 3 Idiots (2009). What is yours? Tell us using the hashtag #IMDbIndia

Col Needham,


CEO & Founder

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82 Points

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Can't you see what everyone is expecting from IMDb, Col Needham? Please do not ruin our IMDb experience or simply we don't want to see India Spotlight on our IMDb homepage. Please do something about it ASAP. You may add option to change country.

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Col: I'm in the USA. Whenever I go to a new name or title page on IMDb, I get a yellow banner that says "INDIA SPOTLIGHT: Discover movies and TV shows popular in India. Learn more." However, it only appears on screen for about 2 seconds before disappearing on its own. If I did want to go to the India page, I wouldn't have enough time to react to the banner and click on it.

So I don't think this banner is currently serving a purpose. If you are trying to promote the India Spotlight site to all users throughout the world, you should leave the banner on screen long enough to give people time to click on it. On the other hand, I personally don't plan to use the India Spotlight site on a regular basis, so I don't need to have it promoted to me at all.

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Col: I'm no longer seeing the banner appear on every page for 2 seconds, so that problem appears to be resolved.

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140 Points

Il y a 5 y

Install a VPN proxy add-on/extension in your browser and request the non-India homepage. I'm using Touch VPN of chrome. It works like a charm!

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966 Points

Point is, one should not need to install a VPN to access content they want to see on a site as big as IMDb. Users should be given the option to choose what version of the website they want to see.

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152 Points

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I visit IMDB regularly for the latest updates, trailers and news from Hollywood. I have zero interest in half-ass Indian Movies. How do I change my country preferences? And please fix this asap.

Thank You

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152 Points

Il y a 5 y

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why the hell am I seeing Indian Movies on this site? Please get rid of this nonse....

Just because I live here doesn't mean I am interested in this nonsense. Stop this BS.

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140 Points

Il y a 5 y

Are there any people who are welcoming this change? May be I'm looking in the wrong place, but would be interesting to know if anyone actually likes this.

Personally, if I were paying IMDB to access their website, this would be a good time to reconsider. Anyway, for now I'm using a workaround to access the regular site. But I hope IMDB listens to the popular voice and if not remove this thing, at least, give its users an option to choose the content they want to see.

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966 Points

You're missing the point. The point being to ASK the demographic or people they're targeting whether they actually need the change they made. Another point being to give an option to people who want the status quo. That's how anything works in a democratic environment. Making changes people don't want without any research or an opt-out is indicative of how little they think of the people they're serving their content to. Also, a vast majority of people here are asking for an opt out option, not moving something from top to bottom (haven't checked, I blocked all the India specific content using an ad blocker). Their silence about implementing an opt out is deafening.

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94 Points

Il y a 5 y

No Sir, i do not want an indian front page on the imdb website. i want it to go back to hollywood. any settings i need to edit/change to do so?

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246 Points

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With imdb India i am missing out info on all the latest awesome new movies and tv shows.I have zero interest in watching Indian content which are basically third rate rip-offs of American shows.I guess i'll have to solely depend on metacritic if this continues.

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966 Points

How is he spamming in any sense of the word?

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966 Points

You posted the same remark about placement of content as replies to 2 different comments too, before you edited one of them recently...

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966 Points

That was simple and clear English, mate. There is nothing else to "spell out".

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60 Points

Il y a 5 y

Same here. I am not interested in the Indian title page and settings, how do i defer to the original. Please help.

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328 Points

Il y a 5 y

100% AGREE!
I've been suffering this 'Trending in India' click-bait nonsense for the past week.
It is utterly unnecessary to scroll past it all the time to get to what you searched for (it doesn't make IMDb feel 'localized'  at all, btw, but more like some faraway US website that wants to cozy up, but has no idea how to start. This 'localization schtick' is the most horrendous thing they've done in years.. and is the most OBTRUSIVE way possible for their Indian IMDb clientele to navigate this site!).

Whoever came up with this utterrrrrrrly brilliant idea?
Fire them.
Give them money for their Starbucks and ricksaw, of course, when you point to the door...
But fire them. Immediatley.

And.. If it's too political to pull back so soon.. Chuck this nonsense on your right side-panel, far, far away from the scrolling up-and-down main panel (down the right coloum with User Polls and the like)

There are smarter ways to localize your website, also now that Amazon India is doing so well...
This though, is seriously not it.

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96 Points

Il y a 5 y

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Fallback to old IMDB UI.

I access IMDB from India, Before update the old IMDB used to show top movies of Hollywood and upcoming movies and all that Hollywood info, I hate bollywood(indian movies) and I don't follow it. but now in new IMDB interface all I see is bollywood info see below screen shot



This is useless to me as I am not interested in it. I tried to change site preference but no effect.



It would be real great to some of us people if you allow to switch back to other country's interface by region setting or may be allow to switch to older interface or may be disable regional setting somehow.
Thank you 

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142 Points

Il y a 5 y

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled how do i get old home page back.

My home page is weird from last 2 weeks , it showing only Bollywood movies with trending and Anticipated , its not showing any Hollywood films like it was before (total gross and coming soon

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52 Points

Il y a 5 y

One of the worst feature, since it is FORCED on users. No way to opt out. What makes you think that everyone will be equally interested in this new FEATURE.

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966 Points

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It has been two weeks now and there has been no action, in spite of overwhelming evidence that a lot of Indian users do not want this feature.

I have two questions to ask to IMDb:

1. If this had been the reaction from users in a western country, would you have not acted on it for 2 whole weeks? Or would you have scrambled to make it optional ASAP?

2. There has been ONE reply so far from an IMDb staffer named Kurt. Reading his reply, he basically says there are no plans to add any options and that we should be grateful that IMDb has decided to gift us Indians with "complimentary" local content. This is not the colonial era, Kurt. India is a free country and its citizens also need the same freedom of choice that their western counterparts demand and enjoy and feel entitled to.

I should say at this point that I have started to lose all respect for IMDb that basically shoves content down our throats and don't us poor Indians complain about it!

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248 Points

Hear, hear!

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52 Points

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled How to access IMDb US site only?.

Recently I noticed that IMDb started showing all the local stuff on the homepage. Since I'm from India, all I see is bollywood and other regional language movie titles, news; etc. As a die hard bollywood hater, I'd like to see only the US version of IMDb. How do I achieve that? I can neither find any specific URL for that nor find any settings under my IMDb account. I was hoping for Google like feature where it says at bottom 'Use Google.com' for global version.

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142 Points

sorry , you can't. You have to live like this for rest of your life because IMDb don't give crap about Indian viewers .they don't reply or gives any shit . so ya live with it