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Report: Netflix streaming video headed to iPhone and Wii


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#1 OFFLINE   Greg Alsobrook

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 07:18 PM

Citing an unnamed source described as "an industry executive familiar with Netflix’s plans," an industry trade journal is claiming that Netflix will soon offer its Watch Instantly streaming video service on the iPhone, iPod touch and the Nintendo Wii.


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Posted 03 August 2009 - 07:36 PM

I've heard this rumor before of Netflix streaming coming to the Wii, but I've not yet heard even rumors if Netflix will stream HD to the current Wii platform. I don't care if it's only component connection - I'd still want it! Also, could this new streaming to Wii only be a feature on the Wii HD coming out in 2011? I guess that's a long way away still ...

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 08:43 PM

I just read something about this on macrumors... I'm not a Netflix member, but it is an intriguing thought.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 11:48 AM

PlayON now has streaming working to the Wii. I think the best resolution you're going to get out of a Wii is 480P.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 11:56 AM

The Wii can only do SD.

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Posted 04 August 2009 - 12:36 PM

Not going to happen.....
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 01:12 PM

Not going to happen.....

Kinda what I was thinking....for more than one reason too...
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 02:04 PM

What's not going to happen? The Wii or the Apple part? Or both?
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 02:09 PM

Not sure about the Wii, but as for the iPhone... forget it! Does AppleTV have Netflix? Do you think Apple is going to give up that kind of control? You know there is no way this is going to work over 3G and AT&T would have a heart attack if it were allowed. That leaves WiFi... maybe in your home, but elsewhere? Nope.

What's not going to happen? The Wii or the Apple part? Or both?


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Posted 04 August 2009 - 02:38 PM

Netflix's instant delivery is an entirely different product than Apple TV... So it could still happen...

I agree with the WiFi only assessment... (thanks AT&T :rolleyes:)
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 02:45 PM

I agree with the WiFi only assessment... (thanks AT&T :rolleyes:)

Then one has to question performance and reliability using that delivery channel....

If they "advance stream", which could mitigate most of that issue, then the devices would have to contain significant sotage for the huge video files cached in some form (even if temporary)...

Last, mass adoption and content would bring the current delivery infrastructure to its knees...

I'm with Larry on this...too many hurdles at this time...
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Posted 04 August 2009 - 02:48 PM

According to the article, it would be stream only... no storage needed. Which be especially good in the case of the Wii.

Yeah... It's definitely no secret that AT&T's network is struggling to keep up with all the iPhone's...
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Posted 05 August 2009 - 07:36 AM

Streaming video over a 3G network is nothing new....been going on for quite some time SprintTV for instance. As for buffering...there is generally plenty of memory on an iPhone for what should be necessary if the AT&T network is solid.

Will it happen? Who knows...that depends on whether Apple believes its iPhone customers should be allowed that application. Is Flash available on an iPhone yet? Silverlight? :)

I will say the game where you throw crumpled balls of paper in a trash can is great though.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 06:50 AM

This is good news for Wii owners, not sure why you would want to watch a movie on your cell phone though.:)
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Posted 13 August 2009 - 07:07 AM

It was announced the other day that the Xbox 360 has locked up exclusive rights to Netflix streaming. No Wii, No PS3.

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 08:46 AM

This is good news for Wii owners, not sure why you would want to watch a movie on your cell phone though.:)


With airlines adding in-flight wifi I can see it becoming a popular product.

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 08:47 AM

It was announced the other day that the Xbox 360 has locked up exclusive rights to Netflix streaming. No Wii, No PS3.


What about my BluRay that streams Netflix? Or the Roku player?

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Posted 13 August 2009 - 08:48 AM

I presume in this context, "exclusive" means "exclusive to current-generation gaming consoles."
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Posted 13 August 2009 - 09:02 AM

XBox 360's exclusive agreement with Netflix applies only to game consoles. i.e., Playstation and the Wii will NOT see Netflix service. It has no effect on the Roku boxes or any of the Blu-Ray players or TV's that receive Netflix streaming.

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I presume in this context, "exclusive" means "exclusive to current-generation gaming consoles."


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Posted 26 October 2009 - 12:53 PM

XBox 360's exclusive agreement with Netflix applies only to game consoles. i.e., Playstation and the Wii will NOT see Netflix service. It has no effect on the Roku boxes or any of the Blu-Ray players or TV's that receive Netflix streaming.

Larry


Looks like that exclusive agreement is OVER! Netflix customers with BD access on their accounts and a PS3 can reserve their special streaming BD now. The special BD will use BD-Live to connect to Netflix servers and also alllow users to view and modify their queue, functionality that is not currently available on the 360 but will be added by year's end. PS3 users will not be charged an additional amount for the service unlike 360 users who have to subscribe to "Live! Gold".

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