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Add Captioning/Subtitled fields

  1. Please add a Captioning/Subtitles field in the API so websites and other developers can allow users to search for titles (especially Instant Watch titles) that have Captioning or Subtitles available for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Currently Netflix has added optional captions/subtitles to approximately 100 titles in their InstantWatch Catalog (such as "Lost") and currently InstantWatch users on PC/Macs and soon PS3s (as of Oct. 18, '10) can access these Captions/Subtitles on their screens. Other than "Lost" there is NO listing ANYWHERE of what InstantWatch titles actually have the Captions available.

    Message edited by ncmacasl 2 years ago

  2. ncmacasl4 years ago

    I have set up a weg page/blog with a listing of all InstantWatch titles with English Subtitles ( http://ncmacasl.blogspot.com/2010/10/netflix-instantwatch-titles-with.html ), but there is no easy way to gather titles other than searching through each and every page. Please adjust the API and make StreamingDetails:Subtitles:English a searchable API field.

  3. Kirsten Jones4 years ago

    I've filed a ticket in our internal ticketing system to look at whether we can do this in the future.

  4. ncmacasl4 years ago

    Good to know. I hope you can do something soon. I would hate to see all the work the Netflix staff are doing by adding subtitles be wasted simply because no one can easily tell which titles have been Subtitled.

  5. Don Cullen4 years ago

    I actually went to code a search engine to find subtitled instant movies; but discovered that no field was provided for subtitles. Checking via 'languages and audio' field only returned DVD and BluRay result. And I'm not even sure if that's audio, or the subtitle language. The movie I checked for (G-Force) has caption for instant streaming. But no audio/lang data was returned for the instant streaming option.

    So I'd like to second ncmacasl-- if you added in this field, I'd be able to write a search engine to find captioned instant streaming movies.

    On a side note: have someone please overhaul developer.netflix.com; there's broken links everywhere, and reading the documentation is like playing 54 cards; incredibly long and tedious, and very much disorganized. Don't get me wrong, I much appreciate the API being provided in the first place; but you'd have more developers coding with Netflix if the API was better-documented, and gave all of the fields instead of a select few.

    For now, I'm going to consider whether it's worth it to code a scraper. It's a nightmare to maintain, but that's the only solution I can think of that'll allow deaf customers to find captioned movies easily.

  6. HGomes4 years ago

    I'm also trying to build a Search engine that will allow a search for movies with Portuguese and other subtitles, specially the physical discs DVD and Blue Rays. Blood Work, for example (http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/Blood_Work/60023615) shows the subtitles (English, French, Spanish) in the web page, but using the API I can't retrieve this data.

    http://api.netflix.com/catalog/titles/movies/60023615/languages_and_audio did return the audit format, but requests to http://api.netflix.com/catalog/titles/movies/60023615/subtitles returned 404.

    I believe there is a huge public that would be interested in the capability to search movies based on the subtitles.

    Thanks in advance,

  7. athena143 years ago

    Does anyone know if there are jobs available to subtitle movies for Netflix? I'm bilingual (Spanish and English) and have had years working with both languages, and I would love to do that.

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