Streaming Video News: March 15, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with seventeen new additions to the catalog (well, sixteen if you discount OK Kanmani, which is available again after a hiatus).

The new additions include the English-language drama Mango Dreams, the documentary Martyrs of Marriage, seven Marathi films, four Malayalam movies, two Bengali flicks, and one other Tamil title besides OK Kanmani. Curiously, four of the Marathi films — Chal Dhar Pakad, Irada Pakka, Lalbaug Parel, and Ranbhool — are also currently available on Amazon Prime, though their addition to Netflix makes me wonder if that’s about to change. (For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.)

Speaking of Amazon Prime, while no new movies were officially added today, my digging unearthed three more Tamil films that hadn’t previously appeared in any of my searches: Ethir Neechal, Kuraoindrumillai, and Political Khiladi, the Hindi-dubbed version of Ko 2. I added them to my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime.

Another bit of good news is that Amazon updated the interface of “Your Watchlist” to allow users to sort titles in their list alphabetically, A-Z or Z-A. The alphabetical sorting option replaces a “Featured” sorting method governed by an Amazon algorithm. (It wasn’t a function that I ever used, so I may be misremembering the exact name.) Both new options and the existing “Most Recent Addition” sort function work within consistent parameters — alphabetically and chronologically — making it much easier to find desired titles, rather than sorting via an algorithmic popularity contest, the rules of which only Amazon understands. It’s a welcome step toward a more consumer-friendly user interface.

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