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Tue, May 18, 2021 6:23 PM

INTRODUCING: Updated IMDb.com Title page experience

INTRODUCING: Updated IMDb.com Title page experience

We are excited to announce the launch of IMDb’s newly refreshed movie and TV show pages! The renewed page is meant to make your IMDb experience easy and enjoyable, and its design represents the diverse interests of global entertainment fans. The refresh reflects IMDb customer feedback and research designed to enhance entertainment content discovery and navigation.

Please note, we are gradually launching the new design to a selection of IMDb customers. If you do not yet see the design, we expect to make it broadly available in the weeks ahead. Thank you for using IMDb!

For more information, check out this Help article.

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Geodacius

36 Messages

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648 Points

1 m ago

I very much dislike the new web page style that was just released for IMDb.  Would love an option to switch back to previous type of view.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled New IMDb page format

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70 Points

1 m ago

HATE IT!!! HATE IT!!!  HATE IT!!! 
Please give us the option to view using the old format!!

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96 Points

1 m ago

I commented on May 18th or 19th on the new page layout when I looked up a movie I wanted details on to say how much I dislike the new version. I went back today to take another look and I believe I've figured out what you are trying to achieve with this awful re-do. I noticed many more and much larger ads. That proves to me that you have spread out the movie info to a larger format to increase the real estate it takes up on your site thereby providing more space to place bigger and more numerous ads which, in turn, increases your profit margins. In other words Imdb.com 2.0 amounts to nothing more than cheezy clickbait.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled new layout on imdb.com

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60 Points

1 m ago

Am I just blind and am missing the section that was always at the bottom of a Movie/TV Shows page that was called "Similar Titles" or did this feature get removed all together? That was one of the main features I would use at IMDB and had uncovered many forgotten or unheard of gems over the years.

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@jmike00 This is “More like this” and it is above the “Storyline” section — perhaps you checked a title which does not yet have any similar titles? Here is one which has the feature: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9620292/

Hope this helps

15 Messages

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270 Points

LOOK at that ugly page. Just look at it.  

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70 Points

1 m ago

The new IMDB on Chrome is worthless to me. I cannot copy and paste the lead actors anymore. Pure waste of time for me.

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70 Points

1 m ago

Useless for me. Can not copy and paste lead actors anymore. I archive films, create film database, the new version completely stops my job. I am NOT going to type in every lead actor.

Useless sidebar, too much graphics, not enough info. Have to scroll forever to get to info, then have to link off to another page for each item.

Worthless. Change it back NOW or I bail out.

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104 Points

1 m ago

Make IMDb great again by making it full dark on every page. It's hurting my eyes so bad. And the sad thing is, IMDb is now more mobile-friendly, or should I say touchscreen-friendly? But they have to know that not all of us browsing through mobile. Now it's so horrible for PC users.

Geodacius

36 Messages

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648 Points

That is what I was thinking.  This new format is geared towards smartphones and tablets.  It really makes no sense since browsing with a pc has always been a more powerful way to go.

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70 Points

1 m ago

I have now spent a little time with the new design (Title page experience). I don't like how the IMDB site feels on a desktop. Some things take up much more screen space than they previously did. Overall there is less useful information given in a single screen.

The "Top cast" section is especially cumbersome when the browser window is narrow. Also, clicking "Top cast" sends you to the "Full Cast & Crew" kind of confusing. The old table format that is still used on the full credits page is so much more readable. Now one of the most useful features (who's in the movie?) is harder to read.

"More like this" was right below the movie. For many people the "More like this" section may keep them engaged with your site. Now you have to scroll down to see it. Same problem with Editorial/user lists, which may also improve engagement.

I'm a power user on IMDB. I know I am not the target demographic here. However, the whole site feels big and spacey. I have to scroll/search for things that previously were a click away (and yes I've already familiarized myself with the layout). We can get used to whatever you send us. However, I feel like this layout has seriously detracted from the usability of the site. It is slightly more attractive and does draw the eye more to the videos and photos. Maybe this is a key area for some users? I'm more interested in the information than the pictures or video. This is a "database" site after all?

Lastly, the site feels slower. Things on the page load slower. I’ll have to give this more time to be sure about the speeds. However, for now it’s simply annoying to have to wait for things longer than I did before.

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14 Messages

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440 Points

@vyrus0139  I don't consider myself a "power user" (I've only made a few full reviews and a couple dozen updates/corrections) but your preferences are very similar to mine. As you say, this is a database so the ease of accessing the data should be the priority.

 

That said, if there are users who prefer this kind of layout I don't see why they can't retain the option to revert to the prior version as we had while they were testing the new look. That's no different than the many sites that maintain both a mobile and desktop version that you can switch between.

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148 Points

1 m ago

Long term user of the platform here, gotta say how much I dislike the new look. The desktop refresh so appalling I'm astonished the management approved it. I'm all for dark mode but not having the option to toggle it is dispiriting. In daylight, it's much harder to navigate this UI with a dark background than otherwise. Also, what's up with all the elements being obnoxiously big? The older version offered all the necessary information without scrolling down but that's impossible with the update.

Please stop fixing things that aren't broken. Thank you.

4 Messages

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94 Points

Couldn't agree more. I've been an IMDb user since 2005, and I utterly loathe this "new look." Not only is it ugly, none of my IMDb-oriented browser addons work anymore. It's utter crap, catering to the smart phone crowd while giving the middle finger to PC users.

Unfortunately, it appears we're stuck with it like it or not. "Col_Needham", who's apparently IMDb staff, has made it clear that the old layout is not coming back (or even going to be available as an option) no matter what 95% of IMDb users want. I recall Yahoo Messenger forced a design change that fully 99% of its users didn't want, and was gone within a year. IMDb had better hope they don't suffer the same fate.

20 Messages

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342 Points

1 m ago

Can someone tell me why I can't see release date (not year, full date) of a movie with a first look of a title page? Why did you remove it from beginning? There is still a lot of empty space there, no?

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@abcd For titles which have not yet been released, the full date is on the right under the trailer as on https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3480822/

For titles which have been released, it is only in the “Details” section further down the page.  It is not a question of space — our customer research showed the exact date was less important for released titles.  What we do not put in a design is often just as important as what we do.

Hope this helps. 

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342 Points

Thanks for explanation. Personally, it was one of the first things I looked at title pages, too bad apparently it's less important for some other people. Still I don't understand what harm it would have caused while there are so many empty space there but I'm sure there are reasons.

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134 Points

I think what he is saying is that idiot mobile users with twitter syndrome don't need "so much information" and PC users or actual Cinema buffs/collectors should "take the dumb down" and settle for less.