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New Netflix Feature: Browse by Languages

Netflix recently launched a “Browse by Languages” tool to help filter content within their massive catalog. This is actually a useful feature for every subscriber, but it’s especially important as Netflix tries to expand their subscriber base outside of majority-English-speaking countries. Let’s see what this new filtering and sorting tool can do!

At the time of this writing, this feature is only available while viewing Netflix in a web browser. On the Browse by Languages page, users are presented with three dropdown menus next to the phrase “Select Your Preferences.” The first dropdown menu allows users to choose between “Original Language,” “Dubbing,” and “Subtitles.”

Screenshot of the sorting options available with Netflix's Browse by Languages tool

The second menu allows users to choose from a list of dozens of languages, including Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu. Netflix offers movies in other Indian languages that aren’t included in the “Browse by” tool, so check my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix to see what Indian and Pakistani films and shows Netflix offers in Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Punjabi, and Urdu.

The third “Sort by” menu allows users to organize results by “Suggestions for You,” “Year Released,” “A-Z,” and “Z-A.” The Netflix algorithm selects the display order when “Suggestions for You” is selected. Choosing “Year Released” displays content in reverse chronological order, starting with the newest releases.

Note that changing a selection in a menu resets the menus to its right to their default settings. If the left-most menu is set to “Original Language” and you choose “Dubbing,” it resets the “Language” and “Sort by” menus to their defaults of “English” and “Suggestions for You.” If you change the language, it resets “Sort by” to “Suggestions for You.”

There is no ability to filter the content to choose only movies or TV series, making this tool only so useful for languages with a large catalog presence like English or Hindi. (Although apparently a lot of users have been looking for a way to exclude non-English titles from their searches, according to What’s on Netflix.) What the tool is best for is showing a wider array of options than might be first apparent for languages with a smaller catalog footprint.

The tool is also good about accurately displaying titles under their “Original Language.” Netflix has a quirk whereby some Indian movies have dubbed versions that have to be selected from within the film’s audio options menu (like the Tamil movie Don), while other Indian movies get separate catalog ID numbers for every audio version of the film. The movie Kurup has five distinct catalog IDs: one for the original Malayalam, plus dubbed versions in Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu. Thankfully, the new “Browse by Languages” tool only displays Kurup when Malayalam is selected as the “Original Language.”

One exception is Baahubali, which appears under “Original Language” whether English, Hindi, Malayalam, or Tamil are selected. But Baahubali is the exception to many rules.

Overall, this tool is a really welcome addition to Netflix’s website. Anything that helps users find and organize content by their preferred language — and with the additional ability to display the most recently added content first — gives Netflix an advantage over competing streaming services.

Streaming Video News: February 26, 2021

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with today’s world premiere of the thriller The Girl on the Train, based on the book by Paula Hawkins. The Hindi anthology film Zindagi in Short and the Telugu movie Red were also added to Netflix this week. A bunch of Indian titles are set to expire on March 1, so catch these while you can:

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with dozens of Indian films added in the last week, including today’s addition of the 2021 Tamil neo-noir thriller Kabadadaari (also available in 4K UHD).

Hotstar launched a new drama series yesterday — 1962: The War in the Hills, starring Abhay Deol. If that doesn’t float your boat, Hotstar also recently released the horror series Live Telecast and the animated show The Legend of Hanuman. Still no sign of The Big Bull or Bhuj, unfortunately.

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Streaming Video News: September 13, 2019

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with more than two dozen Indian films added in the last week, including the following 2019 releases:

In other big Amazon Prime news, looks like we have confirmation that the Yash Raj Films catalog really is leaving Prime, with a handful of movies departing in the next two weeks. Kabhi Kabhie, Salaam Namaste, and Vijay all expire on September 25, followed by Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year on September 27. I’ll post expiration dates as they appear. In the meantime, if you’d like to prioritize watching YRF movies on Prime before they migrate to their new home (probably Hotstar), here’s a Wikipedia list of YRF releases.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix because a bunch of Indian movies are set to expire on September 15:

Kabir Singh comes to Netflix in India on September 19, but I haven’t seen confirmation of its US availability yet, so stay tuned. In other Netflix news, Karan Johar signed a multi-year contract to produce fiction and non-fiction content exclusively for the streaming service.

Streaming Video News: May 10, 2019

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the addition of dozens of Indian films in the last week, including these 2019 releases:

Sadly, Aisha and Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai are no longer available on Prime.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with the addition of a bunch of cartoons in the Chhota Bheem series. On May 15, the Bengali movies Ant Story and Television expire along with a few filmed versions of Hindi plays. Netflix announced that the original movie Chopsticks — starring Karwaan‘s Mithila Palkar, Abhay Deol, and Vijay Raaz — debuts on the service on May 31.

Streaming Video News: May 1, 2019

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with a couple of new additions to start the month of May. The 2019 Marathi film Sur Sapata and the 2018 Bengali movie Kia and Cosmos are now available for streaming. Other recent additions include the Malayalam film Njan Prakashan and the Hindi indies CRD and Teen Aur Aadha.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with two new additions today: the 2019 Tamil film Pettakadai and the Hindi-dubbed version of 2016’s Kaashmora. Other 2019 releases recently added to Prime include:

For everything else new on Netflix and Amazon Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: April 15, 2019

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with a blockbuster new addition. Gully Boy is now available for streaming! It’s yet another terrific movie from filmmaker Zoya Akhtar, and a phenomenal example of character creation. Another 2019 release new to Prime is the Kannada film Yajamana.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with the addition of the 2018 Bengali film Rainbow Jelly, a bunch of older Hindi flicks — Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Jhankaar Beats, Mumbai Matinee, and Shabd — and the English movie Bollywood Calling, starring Om Puri. For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: February 22, 2019

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with two new additions to the catalog. The 2018 Bengali film Shonar Pahar is now available for streaming, as is the Netflix original Marathi courtroom drama Firebrand, produced by Priyanka Chopra Jonas’s Purple Pebble Pictures.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with four dozen new additions in the last three days. Two 2019 releases were just added — the Punjabi film Kaka Ji: Son of Royal Sardar and the Telugu movie Kothaga Maa Prayanam — along with these titles from 2018:

For everything else new on Amazon Prime and Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: January 18, 2019

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with the addition of the Hindi cop drama Soni, making its worldwide debut on the streaming service today after a short festival run last year. I also added three Bangladeshi films to the Bengali movies section: 2018’s Komola Rocket, Television, and Ant Story, aka Piprabidya.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with a few newly added 2018 releases: Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 (Marathi), Seethakaathi (Tamil), and Shambo Shankara (Telugu). While scrolling through the 1,000+ Indian titles on Amazon, I found several dozen that have been removed from the service. Sadly, one of those is Village Rockstars, India’s submission to this year’s Oscars. It was only up for a few days before disappearing, which is what happened to Tumbbad before it finally made its triumphant return. Hopefully the same thing happens to Village Rockstars.

Streaming Video News: October 1, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with more than fifty Indian titles that are now available for streaming. Most of the new films are in Hindi (23 titles), Punjabi (22), or Tamil (7), with one new addition each in Marathi and Bengali (as well as one Urdu movie from Pakistan). The full list of titles is available in the “Newly Added” section at the top of my Netflix page. Here are all of the Bollywood films that were just added:

Supposedly, Soorma is scheduled to join Netflix in India on October 20, with Sanju set to join the catalog this month as well, so we’ll keep an eye on that. For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

I also update my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with one new addition to the streaming catalog: the road trip movie Karwaan, which hit in theaters back on August 3, 2018. The July, 2018 theatrical release Dhadak comes to Prime in India on October 4, so hopefully we’ll get it here in the US as well.

Update: Thanks to my Twitter pal Gaurav for letting me know that Fanney Khan debuts on Amazon Prime on October 12, and Sanju hits Netflix on October 15.

Streaming Video News: September 15, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with seven new additions to the catalog, including two 2018 releases: the Malayalam film Eeda and the Tamil sequel Goli Soda 2. The other titles now available for streaming were all released in 2017: the Assamese film Maj Rati Keteki, starring Adil Hussain; the Mumbai-set documentary Jugaad; and three Bengali movies — Mayurakshi, Red Oleanders Raktokarobi, and Samantaral. For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.