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01-08-2010, 10:49 PM
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Netflix coming to Nintendo Wii

http://mashable.com/2010/01/08/netflix-on-nintendo/

It's about time they added something like this to the Wii. The current options they have are really lame.

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As a fan of both Netflix and Nintendo, this is happy news.

Wonder why it took so long?

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Also coming to Panasonic Viera Cast. Not clear whether older devices will be updated though. Only post I have seen about it was from a poster that said he was told by a Panny Rep that it is unlikely. IMO this will be a big mistake by Panasonic if true.

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Also coming to Panasonic Viera Cast. Not clear whether older devices will be updated though.
I have a Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-Ray player. I haven't used Viera Cast much because it's kind of useless.

But if they update the firmware to add Netflix support, that would be just as good as having it on my Wii. I'd just like to have Netflix streaming to my TV in some form.

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I have a Panasonic DMP-BD60 Blu-Ray player. I haven't used Viera Cast much because it's kind of useless.

But if they update the firmware to add Netflix support, that would be just as good as having it on my Wii. I'd just like to have Netflix streaming to my TV in some form.
It'd be way better on your blu-ray player. You'd likely be able to get HD streaming with an HDMI cable. With the Wii? Not so much.

I just wish Netflix streaming was available in Canada...

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It'd be way better on your blu-ray player. You'd likely be able to get HD streaming with an HDMI cable. With the Wii? Not so much.
My Blu-Ray player is connected to my flatscreen by HDMI, true. But my Wii is connected by component cables (not the basic RCA cables), so I think the cables themselves should be capable of transmitting an HD picture.

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My Blu-Ray player is connected to my flatscreen by HDMI, true. But my Wii is connected by component cables (not the basic RCA cables), so I think the cables themselves should be capable of transmitting an HD picture.
Component cables do HD, but the Wii itself doesn't output in any HD resolutions. It can only do 480p max.

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Component cables do HD, but the Wii itself doesn't output in any HD resolutions. It can only do 480p max.
Yeah, that's for games.

Streaming video may be a different story. The Wii would basically just be acting as a box to stream video from the internet.

I'm not an expert on the tech, but as long as I have a broadband connection and HD component cable connection, I don't see why it shouldn't be possible.

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As a fan of both Netflix and Nintendo, this is happy news.

Wonder why it took so long?
Beats me. Its like they wanted to compete with XBL but just quit halfway through the process.

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Great news. I don't have a Wii, but I love Netflix and it's good to see them getting more and more exposure. Hopefully they continue to up the quality of material available on Watch It Now.

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It's official now.

Netflix coming to Wii "this spring." Will require a special disc, which Netflix will provide freely to subscribers who want it.

http://netflix.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=344

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Yeah, that's for games.

Streaming video may be a different story. The Wii would basically just be acting as a box to stream video from the internet.

I'm not an expert on the tech, but as long as I have a broadband connection and HD component cable connection, I don't see why it shouldn't be possible.
I don't think the processor is strong enough and video buffer (10mb of VRAM) are large enough to fit the information of a HD feed, which is why the Wii probably can't do HD anything at this point (including streaming).

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Still waiting for the Hulu channel.

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Just fired this up for the first time (you have to order the Wii disc from Netflix). The selection is impressive.

Classic Comedys like Fletch

Lots of Sci-Fi

Tons of Criterion movies

New TV Shows like 12 episodes of the new Spartacus Series on Starz

It also ties in with your instant queue on their website which is impressive.

Its not picture perfect (HD) but its pretty damned slick.

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Just fired this up for the first time (you have to order the Wii disc from Netflix). The selection is impressive.

Classic Comedys like Fletch

Lots of Sci-Fi

Tons of Criterion movies

New TV Shows like 12 episodes of the new Spartacus Series on Starz

It also ties in with your instant queue on their website which is impressive.

Its not picture perfect (HD) but its pretty damned slick.
The selection available for browsing is OK but not great, and there's no search function.

But the best way to do it is to go to the Netflix site on your computer and search for the movies you want, and then put them in your instant queue. Those movies will then be available for streaming to your Wii.

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I just realized my friend left his password for his family's Netflix account written down on a piece of paper on my coffee table.

There are no limits to how much you can watch online is there? So I could theoretically just use their email/password and my HDMI cable and watch all the stuff I want streamed? This seems like a positive development. I always liked the sound of Netflix, but didn't want to incur the extra expense.

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There are no limits to how much you can watch online is there? So I could theoretically just use their email/password and my HDMI cable and watch all the stuff I want streamed? This seems like a positive development. I always liked the sound of Netflix, but didn't want to incur the extra expense.
The only limits to the online streaming are the movies available.

My GF has the same setup from her Laptop to her flat screen. Works like a charm.

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The only limits to the online streaming are the movies available.

My GF has the same setup from her Laptop to her flat screen. Works like a charm.
Hmm, well I'll run it by my friend, just because it seems like the right thing to do. But this could be the start of something beautiful

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Found a few major problems with the Netflix on the Wii.

1) You can't use multiple accounts on a single Wii.

2) There's no way to delete a current Netflix account on the Wii and install a new one.

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Anyone want to be cool and PM me their login details so I can watch streaming movies for free?

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