Netflix Goes Discless On The Wii Today

Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

It's official: Netflix on the Wii no longer requires a disc. A discless version of the app is now available on the Wii Shop Channel, allowing all paying members of Netflix the opportunity to stream at will without the bondage that an exclusive agreement with Microsoft created. 

This news follows the announcement of a PS3 version of a discless app last week, which was a hair more impressive than this one. PS3 owners, according to that announcement, will be among the first to hear selected instant streaming movies and TV shows in 5.1 surround sound and see some flicks and shows in 1080i HD. Wii owners, not so much (for obvious tech reasons).
 

 
"At this time of year, consumers have a near-insatiable demand for family entertainment," NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. "And this simplified Netflix access will help bring families together more quickly, more easily and in more ways than ever before. More than 3 million Wii systems have already connected to Netflix, demonstrating how easy the service is to set up and use."

The app is free, of course, and will require you to have a Netflix login. If you need one of those or just want to check out the prices and whatnot, hit this link. Also, take the time to watch I Think We're Alone Now. It's a great documentary and one heck of a confidence booster. 
 
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#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

It's official: Netflix on the Wii no longer requires a disc. A discless version of the app is now available on the Wii Shop Channel, allowing all paying members of Netflix the opportunity to stream at will without the bondage that an exclusive agreement with Microsoft created. 

This news follows the announcement of a PS3 version of a discless app last week, which was a hair more impressive than this one. PS3 owners, according to that announcement, will be among the first to hear selected instant streaming movies and TV shows in 5.1 surround sound and see some flicks and shows in 1080i HD. Wii owners, not so much (for obvious tech reasons).
 

 
"At this time of year, consumers have a near-insatiable demand for family entertainment," NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement. "And this simplified Netflix access will help bring families together more quickly, more easily and in more ways than ever before. More than 3 million Wii systems have already connected to Netflix, demonstrating how easy the service is to set up and use."

The app is free, of course, and will require you to have a Netflix login. If you need one of those or just want to check out the prices and whatnot, hit this link. Also, take the time to watch I Think We're Alone Now. It's a great documentary and one heck of a confidence booster. 
 
Image via Shacknews.
#2 Posted by Damax (67 posts) -

nice 

#3 Posted by spncrrr (45 posts) -

Weeeeeeeeeee

#4 Posted by President_Barackbar (3434 posts) -

Too bad the Wii isn't capable of any HD. That kinda kills its usefulness for Netflix...

#5 Posted by Mesoian (1572 posts) -

Great...if you have nothing else. 
 
I guess...

#6 Posted by Rinkalicous (1339 posts) -

 All these netflix announcements make me wish it was available in the UK...    

#7 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -

No HD, no point.

#8 Posted by LiquidPrince (15844 posts) -
@Mrskidders said:
" No HD, no point. "
Pretty much.
#9 Posted by Ohvee (143 posts) -
@LiquidPrince said:
" @Mrskidders said:
" No HD, no point. "
Pretty much. "
But this isn't the case for the majority of the install base.
#10 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5137 posts) -

480p, this is how movies are suposed to be watched.

#11 Posted by Milkman (16531 posts) -
@Mrskidders said:
" No HD, no point. "
What this guy said. 
#12 Posted by LiquidPrince (15844 posts) -
@Ohvee said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" @Mrskidders said:
" No HD, no point. "
Pretty much. "
But this isn't the case for the majority of the install base. "
The install base for what? The Wii, or Netflix? Because if you're talking about Netflix I'd wager that the majority of adopters have HD TV's. At least that's what makes sense to me. If you're tech savvy enough to use Netflix, you're probably using it on an HDTV, as opposed to someone who still watches DVD.
#13 Posted by Ohvee (143 posts) -
@LiquidPrince said:
" @Ohvee said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" @Mrskidders said:
" No HD, no point. "
Pretty much. "
But this isn't the case for the majority of the install base. "
The install base for what? The Wii, or Netflix? Because if you're talking about Netflix I'd wager that the majority of adopters have HD TV's. At least that's what makes sense to me. If you're tech savvy enough to use Netflix, you're probably using it on an HDTV, as opposed to someone who still watches DVD. "
Well, of course the Wii. That's what the article is about. To bitch about Netflix not offering HD on the Wii seems pointless. It's inherent due to the fact that it's on the Wii. Using Netflix for streaming isn't something I'd consider "tech savvy." 
#14 Posted by DeepSpaceJesus (94 posts) -

This is kinda cool, I guess.

#15 Posted by LiquidPrince (15844 posts) -
@Ohvee said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" @Ohvee said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" @Mrskidders said:
" No HD, no point. "
Pretty much. "
But this isn't the case for the majority of the install base. "
The install base for what? The Wii, or Netflix? Because if you're talking about Netflix I'd wager that the majority of adopters have HD TV's. At least that's what makes sense to me. If you're tech savvy enough to use Netflix, you're probably using it on an HDTV, as opposed to someone who still watches DVD. "
Well, of course the Wii. That's what the article is about. To bitch about Netflix not offering HD on the Wii seems pointless. It's inherent due to the fact that it's on the Wii. Using Netflix for streaming isn't something I'd consider "tech savvy."  "
For you, no, using Netflix isn't particularly hard. But I'm imaging older people, like grandfathers and such. If they know how to use Netflix, they are most likely doing it on an HDTV. Also, thank you for pointing out that the Wii isn't inherently HD... That's what I was saying in the first place. Because the Wii is not HD, Netflix is pointless. For someone like me at least.
#16 Posted by Romination (2775 posts) -

May download this because I really just don't care about HD, but I would like to watch on a TV without having to pay for Live Gold.

#17 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -
@LiquidPrince: I think that the majority of people who have Netflix won't give two shits about it being on the Wii, as they will already have a form of HD platform to stream it to.  I can't imagine people by now who are just sitting there with a 21" CRT TV with their Wii hooked up being that excited about this either.  They can just rent DVDs as normal to play in the DVD player they own because the Wii can't play them.
#18 Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff (5380 posts) -

Cool. Gonna go throw away my discs now!

#19 Posted by Understudy (10 posts) -

I assume this isn't available outside the US.. .?

#20 Posted by Doctorchimp (4069 posts) -

The PS3 app that just came out today really makes this article look silly.

#21 Posted by Jazar (2 posts) -
#22 Posted by KeepThisKoupon (94 posts) -

its not like i had any other disks in my wii

#23 Posted by JoelTGM (5596 posts) -

I was about to get my Wii out so I could use it for Netflix, but 480p only... no thanks.

#24 Posted by Grilledcheez (3943 posts) -

I have a Netflix app on my TV...I win

#25 Posted by agentboolen (1751 posts) -

YES!!!  I have a Xbox 360 but I love being able to watch Netflix threw both systems.  I hated having to put a disc in the Wii for this, glad its finally a download app...  Time to finally update the Wii, its been a long time since I have done a update on that system.

#26 Posted by Redbullet685 (6025 posts) -

Movies should be watched on old VHS tapes. Always the best way to watch an old horror movie, at least.

#27 Posted by NekuCTR (1663 posts) -

I love the idea of Wii only owners getting super psyked about this. Makes me giggle.

#28 Posted by nickystixx (180 posts) -

great day for Wii owners!

#29 Posted by Shakezula84 (443 posts) -

So Netflix works on all three systems without a disc. Awesome.

#30 Posted by anbumakura (151 posts) -

I just found that out when I signed up for Netflix yesterday. My parents are going to be using the Wii for their streaming.

#31 Posted by sergeantz (137 posts) -

See all of your favorite movies in glorious SD.

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#32 Posted by synt4x (160 posts) -

I wonder how many people actually use netflix for wii.

#33 Posted by SathingtonWaltz (2053 posts) -

Wow, it kinda makes me sad that there is so much hate for the Wii on this site. Either way, this is excellent news for Wii owners.

#34 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5114 posts) -

Because we are all cavemen when we only have SD anything.

#35 Edited by MrKlorox (11206 posts) -

Cool for most people. Folks who have only a Wii probably don't have fast enough internet for HD streaming anyway. The point of them having an HDTV has no bearing whatsoever if the internet won't work for HD.
 
And this is clearly better than it being capable of playing DVDs.
 
edit: why the fuck can't the original platform (PC) do 5.1 surround when the PS3 can? I should check out the PS3 capabilities to see if Netflix works with Remote Play. I've been using a program called PlayOn to get Netflix on my PSP (and PS3 and Wii without discs/360 without Live plus Hulu and all sorts of other sites) for a while, but doing so always drains my PC's CPU for the transcoding. If Netflix works on Remote Play then I can finally use my PSP to watch things while using my PC for Civilization 5.
 
edit2: Fuck no it doesn't work with Remote Play. Looks like I'll have to keep using PlayOn to get internet video on my PSP.

#36 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@LiquidPrince said:
" @Ohvee said:
" @LiquidPrince said:
" @Mrskidders said:
" No HD, no point. "
Pretty much. "
But this isn't the case for the majority of the install base. "
The install base for what? The Wii, or Netflix? Because if you're talking about Netflix I'd wager that the majority of adopters have HD TV's. At least that's what makes sense to me. If you're tech savvy enough to use Netflix, you're probably using it on an HDTV, as opposed to someone who still watches DVD. "
HD on Netflix is NOT HD.  HD in resolution it may well be, but the severely lowered bitrate makes it even worse than DVD.  I'd prefer a higher bitrate and lower resolution myself.
#37 Posted by Rama (5 posts) -

Awesome.  Previously I was content with the 360 being the only system I used Netflix's instant watching on, but with this update, methinks I'll be hooking up the Wii to the bedroom TV soon.
 
Now I can instant queue it up in both ends of the house! :3

#38 Posted by Emilio (3380 posts) -
@President_Barackbar:  Because you need HD to watch a movie, amirite? 
 
I'm glad this came out, and I'm surprised that its only like 45 blocks. 
 
Now I'm hoping that more third parties bring us their own channels.
#39 Edited by Shuborno (938 posts) -
@Understudy said:

" I assume this isn't available outside the US.. .? "

I'm in Canada and I downloaded the app yesterday. 
 
Works great.  Most of the Canadian content is in SD anyway, so that's not a big deal.  Looks like watching a DVD for me.  I love being able to use a remote with it. 
 
(FYI, the 360 doesn't have the Netflix streaming app in Canada yet, so Wii Netflix is slightly more exciting.)

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