Video rental company announces full rollout of its free-for-subscribers, on-demand video streaming service through Nintendo's console.
In late March, Netflix began to roll out its video-streaming service to select subscribers who owned a Wii. Now, that service has entered wide availability, as the Los Gatos, California-based company said today that it had begun shipping discs that will allow all subscribers to watch movies and TV shows offered through Netflix on their Wii.
Netflix can be accessed on the Wii's Channels menu in much the same way that console owners launch a game. Once selected, the disc will contact the Netflix servers and present the subscriber's video queue as well as lists of top picks from popular genres and new releases "based on members' personal preferences." Users will be able to rate video selections, as well as fast-forward, rewind, and pause them as on other streaming platforms.
The rental company was also quick to note that online streaming does not impact the number of DVDs sent to subscribers through the mail. Further, Netflix does not impose a limit on the number of streams that can be performed each month.
As with its PlayStation 3 equivalent, Netflix is offering subscribers the Wii streaming service free of charge. Microsoft, which was the first to gain Netflix streaming in 2008, requires users to subscribe to Xbox Live's Gold-level membership, which costs $7.99 for one month or $49.99 per year.
@Hydrolix I see your point but I still really can't get into the whole netflix thing. It probably has to do with the fact that I don't watch all that many movies and I can't see myself paying for something I don't use often so for me it's more convenient to just go to the redbox every once in a while.
@Marky360 I don't wait either. Discs take 24 hours to flip and at the volume I go through them it's less than a dollar. Plus no driving to find a redbox machine that has the disc I want. With the added bonus of BluRay and that pretty much everything ever put on DVD is available including TV shows!
The picture is great, this works better then I expected. Marky360I tried reb box, it's awful. sure it's a dollar, but if the movie is out for 24.5 hours it's now $2. the selection is week and you have to drive to the store.. which means if your having a saturday afternoon beer.. no movies for you. I've been on netflix for four years and am very satified
@Hydrolix easy I don't have to wait for the movie to get here I can just go pick up a movie whenever I want to watch. no envalopes no waiting no hassle and it's only a dollar.
like people said you use the disc because 360 paid netflick for exclusive right to stream to the console. Netflix can stream to some tv and blu-ray player. PS3 owners like me call up netflick and said what is up? They found a work around (without getting sue by xbox)by using a disk, so the 360 exclusive is up in fall so the disk will be replace by a firmware on the ps3 and wii.
also kim. ms mighta paid extra to have the use of netflix without the need of a disc. because one of the perks of the future paid psn subs. is that you wont need a disc to play netflix.
kim. ms prolly paid for exclusive rights to the download. forcing the other consoles to use a disc. tell you the truth. i use netflix alot more on my 360 then my ps3 for that reason alone. i hate playing normal dvds or blu ray movies in my system. so i really really hate putting a netflix disc in my ps3.
Ok, what I don't understand is why the PS3 version of Netflix requires a disc where the 360 version just required a simple download. For the Wii version I can understand due to it's lower specs (less memory, lack of actual hard drive, etc.).
Wii's only 480p now, but sometime this year their gonna release a new wire that replaces the component cord and put your Wii to 1080p (with HDMI)...
"that online streaming does not impact the number of DVDs sent to subscribers through the mail." why would they, the more you stream, the less they have to mail you a movie. But got to have my blu-ray movies release thought, this 480p or less isn't cutting it for new release and major movies.
Ok, just tested the netflix wii and got to say this: for low quaility (file) streaming, the wii (image) did better then my PS3. The image was a little sharper and the autoscaling was better. Then I found a higher defi movie and the PS3 was better, (I get 6-7mbp download speed) Neither was as good as the PC, but now for low quaility movies I will switch to the wii on the tv. Why the wii can't play dvd is still a question. I don't use it much, but will if they did dvd, I can put it in another room. Also the b-mode on the wii is not any slower then my hardwire PS3. Got no lag or skipping. They did a good job on the wii version.
Unofficially Netflix is bringing it's online streaming to the UK in the Autumn. Cannot wait fir this to happen. I really hope they bring the console streaming here aswell.
@da_chub I get what you are saying and appreciate your response, but I would think that the overall throughput ability of the Wii will at least somewhat determine the final video quality that is achievable. Based on what I have read, I will be sticking with physical discs and .mkv files since that suits my needs better, but I am still curious if the final output of the Wii/Netflix combo can compete with an actual DVD and player. Here is some interesting info I found: http://newteevee.com/2010/03/29/netflix-on-wii-first-reviews-are-in/
@holygeez03 the picture quality has little to do with the Wii only being in 480. most of the stuff i steam on my PS3/PC has ok quality. Sometimes while im watching stuff(almost every thing i watch), the quality will change 3-4 times, better to worse etc... I dont think it will be any different with my Wii then it is with my PS3 and PC.
Can someone who has their Wii/Netflix running in 480p over component cables comment on the picture quality, relative to a DVD being played the "old fashioned way". I'm curious if the movies have been super-compressed in order to stream the data through a Wii. I guess no matter what, the audio will definitely be limited to plain old stereo.
It's pretty stupid that Microsoft requires the GOLD XBL subscription to use the same service that the PS3 and Wii have for free. Microsoft is shameful sometimes. A free XBL silver account should be all you need to watch Netflix on a 360.
I have this for all 3 consoles Including the PC I did a test using a VERIZON FiOS fIBEROPTICS internet connection here are my results of speed from greatest to least 1. PC (Duh) 2. Xbox 360 3. Wii 4. Ps3
people were saying that the netflix on wii wouldn't be as good as the other consoles, looks like they were wrong.
I have been using this for a few weeks now, and it is nice. The Wii version is VERY speedy...even more responsive than the PS3 version which has been out for a while. I still long for them to just offer the software as a download so I don't have to put the disc in every time. Overall though, it is a nice addition. Great to have Netflix streaming on the Wii!
It kinda sucks that it's not HD. Oh well, I guess if you're gonna get it for the Wii then you already knew that
Nintendo doesn't want to pay royalties to allow DVDs to be played. This Netflix streaming is not the same thing because the Netflix disk is not a DVD movie. If you want to play DVDs in your Wii install the homebrew channel.
@uriyasama Log on to your netflix account and simply request a wii-DVD. In one-three days it will arrive at your door with instructions.
I enjoy netflix, but i hate how i cant watch any new movies on the streaming part. stuck with all these older movies that don't get updated very often. Though, the upside is i can catch all my main tv shows "Spartacus:Blood and sand, Legend of the seeker season 2, Bones, the rest i get from Hulu haha.
My Cable just got Cut off, so Wii Netfilix on tuesday should help my Entertainment til PayDay Friday :)
been streaming netflix on my computer, laptops, PS3 and soon wii. will get mine on tuesday, wonder how fast/stable the wii's B-mode is going to be.
Well i guess its better than throwing it in a dvd player with a normal netflix subscription. I mean I am just saying.
Netflix is awesome. I've had the service for awhile and it is great. If you really care about HD you should have a ps360 or a blu-ray player that can stream by now anyways. If you don't care about HD this wii thing is great!
No HD thought and that's the big part of steaming onto my PC, PS3 and 360. But if it's all you got then that's cool I guess. Netflix on PSP or DS would be very appealing though.
I've been using the disc a lot, watching Monty Python, Mythbusters, Dragnet, Adam-12 etc. Okay, there isn't a lot of new movies to see (WB if you're reading, why not allow instant viewing for Sherlock Holmes, The Blind Side and other movies subject to this stupid "no rental for 4 weeks BS), but that's kinda what I use Netflix for anyway.
netflix is great. i been with them for years. i just downgraded to one movie out at time because im trying to cut down on monthly bills. its only 8.99 a month with unlimited streaming on my pc/360/ps3/and my samsung blu-ray player. so its worth getting netflix or keeping imo
I got my disc right before Easter ... it works pretty well, actually, and I've used the Xbox 360 streaming for a while so I can compare. The interface is simple and works well with the Wii Remote, and it has most all of the same features as the X360 front-end, with new release menus for movie genres, TV shows, etc. The only downside is that it can't stream HD content like the X360. That said, I'm also not paying $50/year for the privilege (actually I am; have been on Xbox Live since before Day 1 as a beta tester). So if you Wii fans haven't already ordered your Netflix discs, do it! :)
@GCwasthebestsys You obviously have to pay for Netflix, but the disc, as well as streaming on your Wii, is absolutely free. It's called common sense; most people with a brain would understand what the article is implying.
this is so awsome I have been waiting for a month for this thing to come out finally oh you have to be a subscriber for an answer to GCwasthebestsys question.
they are saying , netflix subscribers only pay for netflix not for nintendo to have it , so its basically unlike ms which makes you pay 799 per month on top of the netflix subscription nintendo and sony do not charge you for online so your just charged for netflix account!
hold up, this may seem like a dumb question, but is netflix for wii actually free? like you don't have to pay anything? no way, this article is poorly written.
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