Watch an Original NES Run Netflix

A group of enterprising engineers managed to finagle the 30-year-old console to stream internet video.


Netflix Hack Day is an biannual event for the company's engineers and designers to cut loose and do something wacky. This year, a trio of hackers got the video streaming service working on an NES.

The results are actually probably worse than you'd expect. The interface works by scrolling text in the same way that you'd run through an old Mario Bros. game. In a clip posted to YouTube, the engineers try to watch House of Cards.

Because something like this requires so much of the console's power and memory the console can only output four colors instead of its usual 256 while playing video. According to the video, the software is running on an unmodified NES console, but the engineers don't reveal how they got the hack working.

In any case, you probably won't be watching the latest dramas or old Futurama episodes on this machine, still it's fun to see people still messing around with the 30-year-old console.

We reached out to the hackers for details on how they got this set-up working, and will update when we have more information.

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