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Wed, Dec 2, 2020 7:28 PM

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Title pages — new version available for sneak peek

IMDb is working on updates to the Title page. The new version of the page is mobile-responsive, meaning all features are available on devices of all sizes, and has a modern look and feel — otherwise it maintains all the functionality of the current page, though some features have moved on the page.

To check it out, click here.

The new version of the page is available to a limited group of fans during a beta period. During the beta, some features are still under construction, and you may encounter bugs.

Known issues:

  • Showtimes, if available in your region, are not yet present within "Watch options".

UPDATE: now available!

  • Recently viewed
  • Related News
  • Awards & Top 250
  • More like this
  • Character” links are now included in the Cast section.
  • The Episodes section now includes a link to all top-rated episodes for TV series.

For more information, check out this Help article. To report bugs or issues, contact us.

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Champion

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4K Messages

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108.2K Points

5 m ago

Your survey doesn't allow us to submit images, so I'll post them here.

My feedback was as follows:

Using Chrome 86, Windows 10, with 100% view (no zoom).
At the top of the page, half my laptop 15.6" screen is black (I use an Ad Blocker).
There's too much white space around text, and therefore too much scrolling; think MOUSEwheel!
I cannot compensate for that by reducing the View, because that would make the text too small.
This might actually drive me to use Reference view, which I hate.
forthehorde

420 Messages

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4.6K Points

At the top of the page, half my laptop 15.6" screen is black (I use an Ad Blocker).
That's most likely an issue of adblocker extension you use or misconfiguration of it. I would recommend uBlock Origin, it's the best adblocker extension out there.
I don't have this issue with it.
And by misconfiguration I mean some adblockers can be configured to ignore cosmetic filters to be lighter on resources. If your adblock is configured to only enforce network filters and ignore cosmetic filters, this would be the result.

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Champion

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4K Messages

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108.2K Points

I'm using AdBlock on Chrome, recommended by someone (BonaFideBOSS)

here specifically to make the photo gallery work while blocking ads elsewhere.

I see the _same_ big blank block on Firefox with Adblock Plus.

I find the massive spacing (2nd screenshot) far more of an impediment than the top one. It's a LOT of scrolling to get to the Details section, for instance, which is not a choice among the All Topics menu. AdBlock is not creating the triple-spacing in that shot.

Wow, I just turned off AdBlock, and there are 3 banner ads between sections, not to mention the stuff in the right column. No such junk when I return to the current view.

420 Messages

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4.6K Points

Switch to uBlock Origin and both of your problems will disappear (photo gallery and top void)

Champion

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4K Messages

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108.2K Points

forthehorde,

I'm not seeing much improvement with uBlock Origin:

Is there some setting I need to change?

420 Messages

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4.6K Points

I just installed it on a clean Chrome to test for you, and with default settings, without touching anything, this is what I see:

Even tried with different locations via VPN, still ads were blocked properly.

Champion

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4K Messages

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108.2K Points

I've now tried to clear cache, remove cookies for imdb, and disabled Tampermonkey. I closed the window, and restored it.

The big spaces persist.

The only other thing I can think of is to reboot my computer. Unless you have a suggestion?

BTW, it _does_ make the image gallery work without showing any ads.

uBlock Origin v1.31.0

just updated chrome to Version 87.0.4280.88 (Official Build) (64-bit)

and same result.

Rebooted computer; no change.

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420 Messages

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4.6K Points

Well, interesting, my last suggestion would be to test it on a new clean profile, you can add a new profile to your Chrome by clicking the avatar icon at the top right. You can delete it later if you want. Nothing would happen to your regular profile.

Champion

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4K Messages

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108.2K Points

Created new profile, didn't even log in to anything,

Just installed the uBlock Origin extension again.

No change:

Are you sure you have not clicked on some other option within uBlock?

420 Messages

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4.6K Points

Yeah, just default everything. I'm out of ideas. Maybe a regional thing related to ad-targeting.

Well at least photo gallery is fixed now for you, it's something :)

RaviNathan

789 Messages

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10.3K Points

For whatever magical reason, as per usual, I don't have any of these problems.

  • Using the latest version of Chrome under Win 10 x64;
  • Using AdBlock Plus;
  • Logged in to my IMDb account;
  • Using US VPN.

Still, the entire thing is aesthetically hideous on a 15.6" laptop. I wonder what it looks like on a bigger screen 😨

There is a reason for having desktop-optimised and mobile-optimised sites.

IMDb is cheap and lazy.

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Champion

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4K Messages

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108.2K Points

I tried it again, and now I don't see the big empty spaces (top in black, white at 3 other places).

However, my other complaint remains: too much vertical distance/scrolling to get to the Details section.

It might be nice if we could close the Cast section when we get there, to reduce the scrolling.

4 Messages

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102 Points

I agree: There's too much white space around text.
I want to look around for a "compact" view, such as Gmail has.

I'm using a Desktop computer.

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2 Messages

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72 Points

@bderoes I see the same thing using Safari. Its both distracting and ridiculous how big the advertisement is. 

 

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77 Messages

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2.4K Points

Yeah, I've been experiencing the same thing a while back, even in the old IMDb version I'm using. Not only that, two of the many ads I've been seeing were even ads for chocolates that have absolutely nothing to do with movies, one showing a "pretty" woman taking a bite and another showing a cartoon reptile taking a bite. That was just distracting and utterly annoying, so I used Adblock so I can search for movies in peace instead of glaring at American chocolates you can't get in Norway where I live.

I normally don't use AdBlock on IMDb, but since ads absolutely have to be distractingly big, then I feel I don't have a choice than to use AdBlock, which I hope I can avoid as much as possible. And I'm just glad such giant ads don't appear so often according to my experience.

But just to have it said: At least I don't get ads for dating sites on IMDb anymore like I did many several years ago, getting a bunch of beautiful girls shoved in my face. That made me furious. That was way before I got to know about AdBlock and similar add-ons.

RaviNathan

789 Messages

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10.3K Points

5 m ago

Absolutely hideous.

The title pages look as bad as the new home page now.

R.I.P. IMDb

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80 Points

Yeah, ever since they changed the home page I have NEVER been to the home page. I just connect from google to the page I want now. If this is gonna be the normal thing then they just may lose a significant percentage of users. I know if I'm forced to use the new design I'm just gonna go to another site. Shame. R.I.P. IMDB indeed.

Champion

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8.5K Messages

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266.7K Points

5 m ago

I submitted these two issues in the form:

1. On a Mac, in Safari, I clicked All Topics, but it doesn't open properly.

2. In Safari on Mac as well as iPhone I had to click to expand to read a regular-length summary under Storyline. I would prefer a bit more space for the plot summary.

Champion

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8.5K Messages

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266.7K Points

5 m ago

I didn't submit these points in the form because they are not limited to this new version, but while you are working on title pages you could consider these content issues:

1. The top of the page only displays three genres even if the title has more than three genres. This is confusing; some users assume that those three genres are the main genres or the only genres. Please always display all genres. If that is too much for the top of the page, maybe genres don't need to be featured there at all. Genres are also listed further down the page. (Idea post)

2. Display distributor credits in addition to the production company credits in the Details section. A frequent request from users in this forum is for it to be easier to see which network/service carries a show. (Idea post)

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4.6K Points

This is confusing; some users assume that those three genres are the main genres or the only genres.

+1, that confuses even employees. One employee here thinks and claims Wonder Woman does not have War genre, when in fact it does have that genre, just not displayed at top.

Even if it can't be afforded display all genres at top, there should be some kind of indication there's more genres when there's more.

51 Messages

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2.6K Points

5 m ago

Another change no one asked for. :/

So, every title page will soon be BLACK, with NO option in Preferences to choose if you want to use it or not? 

Awful, just awful.

Champion

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4K Messages

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108.2K Points

No, plur, the whole page is not black.

Try it.

51 Messages

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2.6K Points

This color change from black to white is even worse!

Champion

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4K Messages

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108.2K Points

5 m ago

Additional feedback, also sent via survey:

The user review on the front page does not list the author; whoa, just found it, with a graphic.at the bottom. Ugh.
When I click the 3-dots to read the full review, the page scrolls up well beyond where I was reading, so now I have to find my place.
Keywords are not identified as such, they're just random phrases enclosed in a graphic (which seems to take more vertical space).
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0776728/

I should have also complained that the link to other reviews is at the top of the main-page review. So once I've finished reading a lengthy review, I have to scroll back to the top of the review or the page (I can't even collapse the review that I expanded.)

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Champion

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8.5K Messages

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266.7K Points

5 m ago

I'm getting error messages when trying to load the new title pages.

46 Messages

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2.2K Points

Hi Peter_pbn, thanks for the report. Can you provide us with more info so we can troubleshoot?

  • What URL(s) were you trying to access?
  • What error message(s) did you see?
  • What device(s) were you using?

Appreciate the help!

Champion

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8.5K Messages

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266.7K Points

I'm not seeing the errors now.

I was trying several different titles including the link in the first post, getting a big "Error" page (with a fun "quote" but no number), in three different mobile browsers on an iPhone.

46 Messages

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2.2K Points

Thanks! This tracks to an issue on our side, which we've now resolved. Appreciate the report.

6 Messages

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330 Points

New page doesn't show if movies are in top 250 or bottom...

46 Messages

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2.2K Points

Hi nav_5346813, the "Top 250" feature is part of Awards, which is coming soon. I think the placeholder could be clearer; we'll take a look. Thanks for the feedback.

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330 Points

Information that was on top is now on the bottom of the page. The entire new page looks like a chaotic mess.

Can you please change the cast into a list view, rather than those silly circle pictures? It’s very hard to follow the cast with this new design. The list goes left/right… top/down is more logical… Also those circle pictures takes up too much space. The old cast list also has more cast listed. Expanding the episode brings me to a bloated popup list. It was much better in the old list view because it was compact and much faster to click through each episode.

Terrible:

Much better:

Overall this new page is frustrating and I’m thinking about using Google for movie information once this new look goes live.

Champion

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3K Messages

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79.6K Points

I agree.

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88 Points

Very similar points to what I have said as well, Nav.  The page view needs to be compact and clearly split into sections so its easy to view so much information, not make the page even longer than it needs to be.

4 Messages

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102 Points

I agree with most of what's said above:

  • The new version is too spaced out
  • The giant circle bubbles of cast heads is unnecessary

 

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122 Points

Couldn’t agree more. The new Cast list is a ‘F’ rating.  A list continuous in one direction is far superior.  

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304 Points

I agree!

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330 Points

5 m ago

Please no. This looks terrible like all the other pages you guys ruined over the years. I'm using a desktop computer not a smartphone. 

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90 Points

I agree, many pages (not only imdb) try to make a website for all, but especially smart phones. The effect is that on a desktop PC it looks strange, sizes do not fit, information is now hidden somewhere else... I hope this does not happen here, finally.

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88 Points

I agree.  I used to love the IMDB website, but these changes are making it worse not better.  Shouldn't be changing webpage layouts to please smartphones.  The new homepage layout is terrible and this new title page is going to be the same.

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78 Points

Please smartphones? I'm using IMDb mainly on mobile and this new layout is absolutely terrible on a smartphone.

Way too much whitespace, awfully big photos and videos and a very distracting, inconsistent layout (square pictures, circular pictures, round tags, rounded rectangles, 50 different font sizes etc.). Plus there's too much clicking and scrolling (both horizontal and vertical) involved to get all of the info you need.

The new design lacks any overview and is downright messy.

Responsive design does not mean you keep half the page white, double every element in size and apply every visual style you can think of. What is IMDb aiming for with this?

RaviNathan

789 Messages

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10.3K Points

Classic!

It doesn't look good on phones either?

Haha! I've never checked.

RaviNathan

789 Messages

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10.3K Points

Okay, it actually looks okay IMO on my phone (6" screen).

The new design is favouring users of 6 - 10" mobile devices; not notebook or desktop users.

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436 Points

I thought there was already an app for smartphones, which is why I'm confused why they are wrecking the experience for desktop users.  Seems I was wrong, and they want to wreck things for everyone (why, why, why).

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78 Points

This is a side-by-side comparison. Same info, but new page is twice as long. I think you see what I mean.

RaviNathan

789 Messages

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10.3K Points

@Duckjup 

Alrighty, I'll defer to you, as you clearly surf on your mobile much much more than I do.

What we can take away is this

  • Desktop and notebook users are not happy.
  • Mobile users are not happy.
  • Who IS happy? 

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436 Points

The answer is NOONE.  This new pages format seems to reflect a weird desire ... but I'm not sure what that is -- more pretty, or flamboyant, or just bigger, or clumsy, or wasteful, or frustrating, or just plain crappy.  This is not I feel IMDB should be.  I'm wanting a good information source, a data container that helps people decide what they want to watch, and as well, describe to others their thoughts about what they have seen.

Maybe we need to return to the 80s and ask "where's the beef?" ... we're certainly not going to feel sustained because you've made all the images 3X the size were, or need to be.  All that does is waste our time, and waste our patience.

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122 Points

Exactly. 

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1.8K Points

5 m ago

Another feature no one asked for, what about the new genres?

Champion

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4K Messages

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108.2K Points

5 m ago

Where is the option to add a comment when I _Share_ the title to Checkins?
Checkins is no longer on the Share list.
And I don't see an option to add a comment while adding to any list.