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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 The0ne on 1/13/2010 2:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry but you're alone in thinking it's only the resolution that counts. I'm sure plenty of us could produce a HD video or 480P or more that's way crappy for you to view, and I'm sure you wouldn't like that.

And yes, I'm aware of what is considered HD but as some users have stated once you start producing 1080P and/or have the sources generally you are referring to HD of 720P or higher, of which 1080P in general. And HD did NOT start with 1080p. There's a progression to 1080p where along the line each one has been called HD. But we're at 1080p now and growing, and if it happens we'll be at twice the resolution in later years.

And I am fully aware of the marketing that companies are putting out there particularly because I love cameras. Most of these are no more than gimmicks and I hope they improve upon them by the end of this year. That is if you can live with 24fps and still not complain that your game doesn't run at 15000000 fps.

So what do you think the general public view as HD regardless of the spec? What do you consider as HD? Should I provide you with a crappy 1080p (1920x1080) video so you can make up your mind to not stray from the wiki info? Maybe visit avs forums for more technical info.

But I agree with you, keep the ignorance to a minimun please. For God's sake or Homer's sake.


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