I've created a simple service which allows you to export some of your Netflix ratings to a JSON file. for more information, go to:
I've posted the code on Github for people to inspect/use.
What can one do with a JSON file?
cryptic answer: a lot or very little.
There really isn't a great place to import movie ratings so rather than losing the data completely, some format was better than nothing. The hope is that this JSON format is generic enough that you (or someone else) could manipulate the data into the required format in order to import the data into <FILL_IN_COOL_MOVIE_SITE_OR_APPLICATION_HERE> with relative ease. Time will tell.
I know imdb lets you export ratings as a csv-file and I know at least one site that'll let you import your imdb ratings (it does so directly from imdb, so I don't think a csv-file is actually involved there).
So why not "add" to your neat idea by creating another script that converts from JSON (which is an unknown format to me) to a csv-file? I know that kinda defeats the purpose, but csv-files are currently easier for us end-users to handle (we can import them into a generic spreadsheet for instance).
i added csv export as well.
skorens: Thanks for the script, but I ran it, and although Netflix reports that I have rated 3232 movies, I only got back 512 from your script. I haven't paged through their online list to compare, but - any ideas?
Back in my early days with Netflix I wanted a list of when I received and when I returned each movie so I made an excel file where I record this information and the rating I give each movie. I think you would need to be somewhat skilled with excel to copy your rental history into an excel file but I've seen it done (or perhaps it is my lack of skill that makes me think this way.). BTW, Netflix's file of my rental history only goes back to 2008 even though I started in 2006.