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Service will require a disc on the Wii

Netflix is blowing up with new subscribers flocking to the service rather than heading out to the video rental store. Many movie junkies are also now using rental kiosks like those available from Redbox and Blockbuster – movie rental practices for the masses are changing.

One of the coolest things that Netflix has done is to team up with other companies to create an ecosystem of devices from game consoles to Blu-ray players and HDTVs that are capable of streaming on-demand films and TV shows from Netflix. Netflix has seen its profits soar by 48% despite the poor global economy.

In August of 2009, Netflix and Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 would be the exclusive "native" streaming partner for Netflix on-demand content. Gamers who owned platforms other than the Xbox 360 were probably a bit bummed that their consoles would get no Netflix love. Luckily, Netflix had a trick up its sleeve that allowed it to skirt that exclusivity with Netflix for the PS3.

In October 2009, Netflix and Sony announced that access to Netflix content would be coming to the PS3 game console this spring. Rather than a baked in streaming service like the Xbox 360 offers, the PS3 would get Netflix content using a Blu-ray disc and BD-Live technology. The Blu-ray disc does have to be in the PS3 for the service to work.

Today, Netflix and Nintendo have announced that the Wii is now going to be the third and final major console to get access to the on-demand streaming content library. Netflix again skirts the exclusive deal with Microsoft by offering a disc that has to be in the Wii at all times for the content to be accessible.

Users will need at least a $9 monthly subscription to Netflix to access the streaming catalog. The PS3 and Wii will be cheaper ways to access streaming Netflix content than the Xbox 360. Xbox users are required to have an Xbox Live gold membership to access Netflix content.



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RE: Awesome
By The Raven on 1/13/2010 9:51:29 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Its only recently that people have been using HD content on a large scale. Didn't you all get your converter boxes? ;-)

If people couldn't stand 480i/p then television would never had been a success as an invention. It's been fine for decades and youtube has proved that people think cheap, high value entertainment is more attractive than high-def.

As a user (on PC and Xbox) I can tell you that I prefer the convenience of the streaming service much more than the HD content that comes through. Especially when I'm watching a comedy like 30 Rock. When I watch the Lord of the Rings, you'd better believe that I'd pay more to see that in HD.
I don't want to see Liz Lemon in HD! ;-)

And as far as the disc goes...

Come on people! How lazy is America? Bunch of damn veal calves! Yes it might be frustrating since we have the tech to pull it off, but are limited because of the deal that M$ struck with NFLX. But that is business, and we'll have to live with it for the time being. Really we shouldn't even be mentioning it... Hell, go pick up a disc at your local store or wait 2 days for your next NFLX disc to arrive and then come back and complain. I'm just glad that I have a reason to use the Wii again.

Sorry, Hiawa this isn't really directed at you, but I just get sick of people complaining about things that don't amount to a hill of beans.


RE: Awesome
By FITCamaro on 1/13/2010 2:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
The converter boxes had nothing to do with HD. They dealt with the switch from analog to digital signals. Digital does not mean HD.


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