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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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Ever since the design changed for me on browser (specifically Chrome), the large grey bar at the top of every film page with all the important stuff (not the small one with the search bar and menu etc) appears for a few seconds while loading my user rating (shows loading icon over it) and I gather as soon as it loads, the whole bar disappears, leaving the Videos tab at the top of the page with no way to access all the main stuff.

What's going on?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled New design fails to load header properly

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Some of our computers are getting the new style pages while others are getting the old style. They are all behind the same router and have the same external IP address, Firefox or Chrome/Chromium does not make a difference and neither does cleaning cookies.

Does anyone know how to force one or the other?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled New style on some machines, old on others

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I come here for actual research and the new "mobile friendly" look is too bulky and inefficient a use of space.  I need a look that better simulates the old look that doesn't waste screen realestate being cluttered with huge images.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Is there any way to revert to the old imdb look?

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The title pages and the new home page do unfortunately look like quickly created wordpress pages (partly because every segment is just sooo big). The top banner ad is far too high - so little informaiton about the actual film is displayed on a page before scrolling down, it doesn't make me want to stay. I wonder if the bounce rate is higher on this new design vs the old one, surely it will be. The actors section with their circular photos is honestly just wierd. Given the option, I would definitely prefer to browse with the older version - although the old version could easilly be given a  moderate facelift and better info accessibility without alienating all the people commenting here and on reddit!

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Title pages load all info unbearably slow, so there is no surprise why most new and many older movies has much more ratings/views on Letterboxd than on IMDb, some of them even 10 times more. :drinking coffee:

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In the old website i could add titles by hovering he "+" button located on movie images. In the new website this popup does not appear and it drives me crazy. Am I the one who could not figure it out how to quick add movies to lists or this feature just dissapeared?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Quick add to list dropdown dissapeared in new IMDb

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It's you. There's a clear Add to Watchlist button, with a downarrow that invokes the dropdown. In this image you see the result of clicking the arrow, and the arrow itself off to the right, with the word Watchlist still vislble.

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Please have the full release date at the top of the page. All there is now is the year of release. It used to be at the top before the website update. 

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Release info

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@smoak511 Thanks for the feedback; we do display the most relevant full release date for titles being released in the future via the "Coming Soon" section over on the right of title page, just below the trailer. For example, see https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6264654/  (this currently works for titles which have not been released anywhere in the world, we have a software fix pending to make this appear whenever a title has not been released specifically in your country). 

There's more context available around the placement and linkage of title years and release dates available at https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/imdbcom/introducing-updated-imdbcom-title-page-experience/60a40631c1307254c6cc1b0d?commentId=60fc71226f53997374be8259&replyId=6103ed77e7ad7876d4359f06 

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This is when links don't work anymore [rofl]

@Col_Needham When I click on the link https://community-imdb.sprinklr.com/conversations/imdbcom/introducing-updated-imdbcom-title-page-experience/60a40631c1307254c6cc1b0d?commentId=60fc71226f53997374be8259&replyId=6103ed77e7ad7876d4359f06 it jumps right to this point - so no more context.

Besides... if I want to go to the details section, I have to scroll down! If I cklick on the all topics menu, I can't go to the details section, because it has no link! I can only click and go to the subsections directly, which is what I don't want. I want to have an overlook on the details. So if you want to continue this charade with click and lose, why don't do only the head section and link everything else like before the change? Because how the title pages are at the moment, they have absolutely no value! You have to go to a subpage to get the infos you want! (except you only want to watch the trailer or the poster)

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What happened to the awards? Why did you move it to the bottom? Its new place is so awkward, I hope it's just an error.

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This looks like fixed or reverted?

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Changed again? Why can't get a comment or info regarding this?

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@forthehorde  We have not made any changes to the awards placement, sorry.  Do you have any plug-ins (especially ad blockers) installed which might be interfering with the layout of the page? Do you have a different browser which you can try? 

If this does not help, please can you take a screengrab and provide details of which hardware, operating system and browser (including version number) you are using?

It should always look like this, using https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9620292/ as an example (red highlighting added):

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@Col_Needham This is on a clean browser (chrome 92) without any extensions, it's under the cast:

Title page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2861424/

Looks like it's only on series pages? Likely that's why I thought it's fixed at some point.

Looks same on this Google cached url too: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2861424

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@Col_Needham It could be about in-built "Tracking Protection" features of the Firefox and Chrome.

If it's about that, this should be considered bug, because these are not third-party plug-ins and they come enabled by default, at least for Firefox, and for Chrome enabled by default for incognito windows I think.

You shouldn't expect people to find and change default settings of a browser.

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@forthehorde Thanks.  We are looking at this now. 

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@forthehorde The issue with the lower placement in your screen-grab has been fixed now.  We are looking at the inconsistency between movies and TV-series. 

Thanks again for highlighting these issues. 

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@Col_Needham Thanks, I confirm it's fixed on my end too, I don't see any weird placements anymore.

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@forthehorde  Just to let you know that the difference between the placement of the awards widget on TV-series vs. movies has now also been addressed and, for example, on https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0182576/ it is back at the top of the second section.  Thanks again for reporting this. 

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Great, much better now.

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Can't see the release date on the new IMDB graphic look. Only year.

Just to give an example: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10696896/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

Stillwater are only shown as 2021 release in top left corner.

And cast are kind of hidden, instead of just being shown vertical.

Please fix IMDB back to how it was before. Thanks.

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Can't see the release date on the new IMDB graphic look.

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used to be that one could click on the year of release and get a list of all movies released in a certain year.  the new format has eliminated this.  this is very very very bad.  help

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled changed format

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@yonahred  You can search by year via advanced title search @ https://www.imdb.com/search/title/ (which you can reach via the menu to the left of the search box at the top of every IMDb page - change the menu from “All” to “Advanced Search” to access advanced title search and other searches).

For example, all 2021 movies -> https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=feature&release_date=2021-01-01,2021-12-31

Or a little bit complex, all English language movies from 2010+ sorted by the number of votes -> https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=feature&release_date=2010-01-01,&languages=en&sort=num_votes,desc&count=250

Hope this helps. 

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It's a good result, though could you have a link back to the advanced search? Looking at this page it doesn't seem like you can easily adjust the criteria for the search, just the sort. 

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Circuitous but creative.

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@Col_Needham Well as long as we can go out of our way tonuse a feature that used to be easy, then it's fine. 

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@jtmacha  Release dates are more complicated than most people appreciate; we store premiere release dates, festival release dates, wide theatrical release dates, TV release dates, streaming release dates, and more depending on title types. See the guide at https://help.imdb.com/article/contribution/titles/release-dates/GVUUDEPJNAW6G35P 

Thanks largely to changes in digital distribution via increased streaming options, a specific title's release journey is more complex than it used to be (and it is only going to get worse, for example, we now have simultaneous wide theatrical releases and wide streaming releases via Disney and Warner Bros).  Things were much simpler in the past vs. today where different customers have different needs depending upon how they watch movies and shows, which means the context of the release date information is more important. 

The year on the title page used to link to an advanced title search result showing all titles released in that same year. This was interesting information for some customers, however, much more important to most customers is seeing the full details on how the title they are looking at was released.  Our research and testing showed that customer needs are better served by linking the year to the full set of release dates for the specific title vs. a general search result. 

As to why we do not have the full release date there, it avoids the confusion created by placing a date so prominently which may not be one which the customer expects. Our testing showed this was especially problematic for titles which had already been released.  Instead now for titles which have not been released, we place the most relevant "Coming Soon" release date in the top section of the page in the same area where viewing options appear once showtimes are available or the title is available to stream or watch via other methods.  For example, on https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6264654/  (red highlighting added):

Significant research, testing, and live click-data from millions of customers has gone into this (and many aspects of the title redesign).  We understand that individual customers have legitimate complaints which impact how they interact with IMDb, however, we have to optimise for the common use cases, sorry. 

Hope this helps. 

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Well, that's a good explanation, thank you, Col Needham, but would it really be so much of a problem to display the earliest wide release date for movies that can no longer be considered new?

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I can no longer rate a show.  A page for a show will load and then immediately go away to a page with no option to rate. Why has this changed?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Can't Rate Shows

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In regards to the Title section at the top of the page..
I much preferred the old layout.

- having the (Year) listed in parenthesis after the title.
- the full release date and country

- the genre 

These are the vitals needed at a glance

and were better being together at the top.
The giant genre buttons i'm guessing are trying catering to mobile? - but the true functionality lies in getting the INFO you need without having to go on an easter egg hunt.

If you could compromise with your old base users here by reining in this sprawl and compacting some of the bloat, I think we could deal with it. 

here's a comparison gif of old vs new w/annotation.



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@ez009 Agreed. Even in the new version, why couldn't all these basic information just be on top like they did in the old version? Now they're just misplaced, in my opinion. Also, we even have to scroll or click more just to see some of the basic information. And that's utterly annoying.

Additionally, when I scroll down to look for some of the basic stuff, I scroll fast over the giant cast pics and the "More Like This" part, which in my opinion are just too much for me.

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This new page format has made everything worse, it takes longer to get the information.  When your on a movie's page, and its ugly display of cast shows one bit of information and "..." that you have to click on to get the rest of the info.... "lets add more steps and make everything look circular!"  whos idea is this?  This change has reminded me of when the imdb.com home page was changed, that too was for the worse and I hate myself for not speaking up about it when it first changed... because its still like that and i'm unfortunately living with it...

I think a "themes" addition to the website would be the best option, giving you freedom to change things (for whatever reason) but also let people keep the efficient old style pages.  

I hate how much I use and rely on this website now that they keep making it worse.

Please help.

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Two specific complaints that you should address and have not.  Go to the home page.  Type into the search box.  The letters do not appear immediately.  This is so obvious, I cannot figure out why you do not know this is a problem and have not fixed it.  I have fixed it.  I do not go to the imdb home page, ever!

The second complaint is more basic.  IMDb is not a data base.  It is a compendium.  It is a collection of information about movies.   It does not present a database  interface into that information.  For example, if i want to find the movies in which Jack Nicolhson and Meryl Streep acted there is no direct way on IMDb.  Google or any other search engine is more direct.  If you know the title or the actor or producer or whatever, you can find it.  Otherwise you are out of luck.

Why should you be concerned about how I think about your change to the interface?   I am not generally a contributor.  I have provided a few reviews, not under this name.  Recently, I provided a correction to what I regarded to be an incorrect entry.  I had seen the entry and it had bothered me for some time.  

As things stand now, I would not have seen the incorrect entry.

My final word to IMdb management.  Just because someone accesses a page does not mean they read what is on the page presented to them.   Furthermore sometimes what they are presented on the page is so irritating they do what they can to block what they do not want to see but in the end if they cannot block what they do not want to see,  they do not go to the page.

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@mgregorio 

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... For example, if i want to find the movies in which Jack Nicolhson and Meryl Streep acted there is no direct way on IMDb...

Find Jack Nicolhson
No results found for "Jack Nicolhson"

Jack Nicholson
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000197/

Quick Links
Related Items
Credited With
Meryl Streep

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000658/

Feature Film/TV Episode/Video/TV Movie/TV Special/TV Mini-Series/Documentary/Video Game/Short Film, with Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?roles=nm0000197,nm0000658&title_type=feature,tv_episode,video,tv_movie,tv_special,mini_series,documentary,game,short


22 titles.

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@mgregorio IMDb's advanced search is very powerful. It is possible to find the movies in which Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep acted together.

https://www.imdb.com/search/common/

https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?roles=nm0000197,nm0000658&title_type=feature,tv_episode,video,tv_movie,tv_special,mini_series,documentary,game,short

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Because IMDb's homepage is awful,

https://www.imdb.com/search/common/

is the page that I've bookmarked to go to the IMDb.

It's a very lighweight page and from it I can do all my favorite searches.

;-)

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A simple question, why is it better to have the cast list in two columns rather than one?  Second simple question, why is it better to have the cast pictures round rather than square?  Third simple question, why are the cast entries so large?