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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 Black69ta on 1/14/2010 3:50:32 AM , Rating: 2
Actually I thought that when the HD standard was 1st conceived that HD meant 1080 and ED was 720 and SD was 480. What happened to this terminology, TV's would be much easier to buy if they still used this nomenclature, of course OEM 's would make less on 720's if there was less confusion.

RE: Awesome
By therealnickdanger on 1/14/2010 3:22:14 PM , Rating: 2
You guys are all confusing HDTV standards with what technically qualifies a video source as being "high-definition".

Modern HDTVs come in two primary flavors: 720p and 1080p. They are both counted as "high definition" displays. All content, lower or higher resolution, is forced to fit the native resolution of the display.

HD video sources, on the other hand, can come in roughly any resolution greater than 480. As factually stated, Australia touts 576p (not 576i PAL) as being HD, even though America doesn't. Most 30" computer displays are greater than 1920x1080, but they are not called HDTVs. My whole point is that organization of video resolutions is categorically seperate than that of the display standards. While the mainstream definition of "HD" for both displays and video is 1080p, that is not the only definition.

As with all of those video sources, quality can vary at any stage from filming to encoding to playback. While I wouldn't consider a blurry, muddled, poorly transfered Blu-Ray to be ideal, you can't argue that it isn't 1080p if the transfer from the film was 1080p. This is why it's important to read reviews of Blu-Rays before buying them. There's a reason why "Gone With The Wind" looks better than "The Fugitive" even though both are 1080p. A sad state of affairs...

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