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1.5m daily Netflix users on Wii

Service comes to Nintendo 3DS but 3D content not yet available

Nintendo has revealed that 1.5 million Wii owners use the Netflix movie service daily in the US.

The figure comes as the service launches on the 3DS handheld, allowing access to standard 2D content, with 3D movies promised "soon".

"The new Netflix application looks great, plays great and is a fantastic consumer experience," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.

"It gives Nintendo 3DS owners access to an amazing wealth of movies and TV shows, which they can watch conveniently from thousands of free Wi-Fi access points across the country. Nintendo 3DS truly offers something for everyone."

Netflix streaming membership starts at $7.99 a month, although those with unlimited plans can instantly watch content on the handheld and other devices.

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Latest comments (4)

Charles Dawkins7 years ago
Sorry but Netflix on the Wii is just terrible. I can't believe that many people subject themselves to such poor quality video. I only hope this 1.5 Million are not HDTV owners because that is injustice to a HDTV. I tried it once on my Wii and I never did it again because compared to the 360 it's just not an option.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Charles Dawkins on 14th July 2011 6:24pm

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.7 years ago
Charles, the Wii is only capable of 480p output anyway. Were you really expecting an HD signal from an SD source?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Jim Webb on 14th July 2011 7:36pm

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Wafik Salim Studying Video Game Design (Art), Academy of Interactive Entertainment7 years ago
I'm surprised the 480p only console pulled in so many users considering the terrible video quality.
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Rick Cody PBnGames-Board Member 7 years ago
I think the people complaining aren't looking at this from a consumer's perspective. While many consumers appreciate HD, it's not mandatory. Regular DVDs still look great.
I have a Wii and a laptop I can stream from. The picture quality doesn't make a huge difference to me. I like that I can control the movie via remote from my Wii (my only console). It's stuff like that which matters. Convenience first, quality second.
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