Watchlist: Refine by Netflix streaming availability!

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Why can't my Watchlist be refined by titles available on Netflix? This has to be the most popular streaming content source! My Watchlist says that I have hundreds of titles available to stream, but almost all of them are available only as paid rentals. I'd like to know what's available in the service for which I've already paid!
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I'm afraid that IMDB is a member of the Amazon family of companies, so the instant viewing options will tend to favour sister sites (like Amazon Instants or LoveFilm) or open sites of good standing (the Internet Archive for public domain films - YouTube has a lot of films free to watch, some legitimately uploaded but a lot are illegal, so it'd be unwise to promote such a link), rather than promoting rival services. It is the same way your buying options for home media are the local Amazon site (if one exists) and not any other company selling DVDs or Blu-rays.

The best place to find out what is available on Netflix through IMDB is to check out the various Netflix lists users maintain and you can filter your Watchlist using one of those (you could bookmark that search result for future reference). At least this side of a anti-competition/monopoly legal ruling.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Streaming site optimization.

You guys should consider putting streaming locations on each movie and TV show. Then people wouldn't have to check each streaming site they're subscribed to see if it is on there. In the future, you could create an algorithm that combines every site that people are subscribed to and create recommendations based on that. Just a thought
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled ‘Ways to watch’ ones Watchlist should include Netflix and more.

It is annoying that IMDb refuses to include Netflix as an Watchlist option in ‘Ways to watch’. Sadly, its Amazon ownership prevents IMDb from being the ultimate app. What a shame that money rather than excellence dictates IMDb decisions.
Good options within ‘Ways to Watch’ could make IMDb very powerful and universal. For example, in England, users would love to see BBC iPlayer as another option in ‘Ways to watch’. Shame that IMDb does not seize the opportunity.
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Not just England... the whole UK, lol! 

I guess they'd need to officially 'partner' with each external source to do this. AFAIUI, in the US listings info is copyrighted too, so you cannot just take the info and add it into your service. Dunno if this is part of the problem or not.