Two bits of good news today from the Netflix corner of the Internet. One: The long-awaited multiple user function, which lets up to five people on the same account create their own profiles, has started to roll out.
And two: Netflix takes their translation really, really seriously, even when the languages in question are Klingon and Vulcan and not, say, Spanish and German.
Starting today some users will be able to create multiple personalized profiles, letting family members, roommates, friends, and complete strangers who share an account do so without one person’s recommendations and recently watched movies/TV shows being visible to everyone else. So go on, marathon episodes of reality TV or explicit French *cough* art films. No one ever needs to know. The feature doesn’t cost anything extra, and it should be rolled out to all members within two weeks.
As for Star Trek, Radio Times reports that the US version of Netflix will temporarily remove Star Trek III: The Search for Spock from its Watch Instantly section “until it is able to provide authentic subtitles for the Vulcan and Klingon diagloue [sic].”
Currently the movie is still up, so if you’ve been feeling a Search for Spock craving you’d better watch it soon or else you’ll have to wait a week, which is how long Netflix predicts the translation will take them to complete.
I wonder which anonymous Netflix employee they found to provide the proper English translations of phrases like “Heghlu’meH QaQ jajvam” (today is a good day to die) and “Hab SoSlI’ Quch” (Your mother has a smooth forehead). Anonymous nerd who’s spent hours poring over The Klingon Dictionary: It’s your time to shine.
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