The ability to organize and manage your own watchlist is oddly late. While Netflix and other streaming services allow you to separate your own personal playlist from other members of your household and allow you to add – and now delete – any titles you like on your own personal reading, there still seems to be no way to rearrange said titles into any order you want with any kind of taxonomy or clarity personally desired. One can search for individual titles or type the name of a particular actor or director into the search bar, but there has never been, on any streaming service except The Criterion Channel, a master list of all titles in the service arranged in alphabetical order.
Do this experiment: Go to your favorite streaming service and search for “all movies, alphabetically”. First, it can be a multi-step process, differentiating TV from movies, and will involve scrolling through several “search by genre” options. Once you find the movies listed, it’s in the same poster size as the main page. And here’s the kicker: these lists aren’t actually complete. The “all movies” list on Disney+ isn’t all of their movies. Add to that a lot of glitches and hiccups in the typical streaming service interface, and you have a stress headache just thinking about it, don’t you? Many of these problems occur various technical issuesand most streaming services may use different types of technologies, leading to inconsistencies in user interface across platforms.
Perhaps the biggest problem is that few streaming services bothered to hire consumer experts, survey people about how they wanted their services to look, or find out how people wanted their online subscription libraries are organized. Personally, this author is adept at organization and is able to create a long favorites playlist, a list of upcoming titles to watch, the order they go in, and a master list of titles by year (including including the dates on which they will leave the service), would be the knees of the bee. But none of these things are possible on any of the streaming services. Indeed, the only service that offered anything close to an easy-to-navigate personal playlist was Quibi.