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A Peek Into Netflix Queues: Examine Netflix rental patterns, neighborhood by neighborhood, in a dozen cities

Posted in maps by Owen on January 12, 2010

“On Sunday, the New York Times techno-wizards rolled out the latest in their series of enormously cool (and endlessly distracting) interactive features — the Netflix maps. Using data compiled from zip codes and Netflix user queues*, these maps visualize rental patterns in 12 major American cities, adjusting for popularity and critical reception, and providing a nifty way for film snobs to confirm their worst suspicions about neighbors’ movie taste.

While the graphs mostly validate what many users already suspected — everybody with a Netflix account is watching Twilight, nobody in an urban area would be caught dead renting Paul Blart: Mall Cop — they also single out a handful of more curious findings. What’s with those zip codes that don’t follow local patterns? Are people actually renting Last Chance Harvey?”

Originally posted here.

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