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Start your waggling: Netflix coming to the Wii

01.13.2010

Prepare to dust off your Wii and start charging those remotes. No, there’s not a new Zelda game coming out, rather you'll soon be able to use that little white box for something other than playing awkard Wii tennis when your aunt and uncle come over for dinner. The system, which currently can’t play DVDs, is now bypassing that format entirely as soon you'll have the ability to stream Netflix movies from your console.

“But how?” you ask. “Isn’t the Wii’s processor equivalent of my TI-83?” Well, that may be, but the system uses a “streaming disk” which PS3 users will be familiar with and according to our own Johnny Moreno, “It sucks.” If anyone would like to elaborate on that, feel free. Currently Xbox 360 is the only console that doesn’t require a disk for Netflix, streaming through Xbox Live instead.

This is quite good news for the Wii, as all joking aside, there are millions of non-gaming Wii owners there who bought the console on a whim, and after a few sporadic waggling sessions, have hung up their nunchucks for a long while now. The Netflix addition makes the console a bit more relevant again, and pushes Blockbuster just that much closer to going out of business.

Extra Tidbit: Have you been to Blockbuster recently? I rarely see a DVD for sale above $8.
Source: CNETGadget Review

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6:26PM on 01/14/2010
at least i will-now-be able to buy a Wii and not worry about buying a PS3 that cost 2x as much as the Wii..im all for Blockbuster going under cause they suck when it comes to movies. Im rather 'picky' with my DVD's, besides Netflix has a better selection of movies to rent than Blockbuster would ever dream of having..good news
at least i will-now-be able to buy a Wii and not worry about buying a PS3 that cost 2x as much as the Wii..im all for Blockbuster going under cause they suck when it comes to movies. Im rather 'picky' with my DVD's, besides Netflix has a better selection of movies to rent than Blockbuster would ever dream of having..good news
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3:28PM on 01/14/2010
" there are millions of non-gaming Wii owners there who bought the console on a whim, and after a few sporadic waggling sessions, have hung up their nunchucks for a long while now."

Really? On what grounds do you base this assumption on? The Wii is doing way better than you think.
" there are millions of non-gaming Wii owners there who bought the console on a whim, and after a few sporadic waggling sessions, have hung up their nunchucks for a long while now."

Really? On what grounds do you base this assumption on? The Wii is doing way better than you think.
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7:07PM on 01/13/2010

All I have to say is...

Apple TV.
Apple TV.
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5:50PM on 01/13/2010
Wii sucks? Apparently Planet Earth didn't get that memo...
Wii sucks? Apparently Planet Earth didn't get that memo...
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4:59PM on 01/13/2010

Funny

I'm not into downloading movies... Like any good collector, I enjoy having the "Boxes".. But anyways... Saying the Wii sucks is a funny statement since it is the most profitable Console/Games to date. I can't imagine someone going in front of a Sony share holders meeting and say: I don't get it... there Console Sucks! LOL Sometimes it's not about the amount of pixels you can render... It's about how much fun you have.
I'm not into downloading movies... Like any good collector, I enjoy having the "Boxes".. But anyways... Saying the Wii sucks is a funny statement since it is the most profitable Console/Games to date. I can't imagine someone going in front of a Sony share holders meeting and say: I don't get it... there Console Sucks! LOL Sometimes it's not about the amount of pixels you can render... It's about how much fun you have.
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4:20PM on 01/13/2010
Oh god I hope Blockbuster doesn't go under. Best place to get used DVDs around here. If it goes, my DVD purchases drop off
Oh god I hope Blockbuster doesn't go under. Best place to get used DVDs around here. If it goes, my DVD purchases drop off
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3:54PM on 01/13/2010

It makes sense

WII's games suck, and so does Netflix streaming! Netflix has the worst selection of streaming movies I've ever seen. But I am about to get rid of my Netflix altogether, between the cracked Blu Rays, extremlly long waits, and the waiting 30 days thing they just put in place with WB, Blockbuster is actually looking better everyday.
WII's games suck, and so does Netflix streaming! Netflix has the worst selection of streaming movies I've ever seen. But I am about to get rid of my Netflix altogether, between the cracked Blu Rays, extremlly long waits, and the waiting 30 days thing they just put in place with WB, Blockbuster is actually looking better everyday.
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4:42PM on 01/13/2010
I'm totally with you man.. half the time it's a really long wait I find myself at Blockbuster where it's always in stock. And what's up with the streaming movies? Half of them are literally direct-to-dvd.. who the fuck wants to watch that?
I'm totally with you man.. half the time it's a really long wait I find myself at Blockbuster where it's always in stock. And what's up with the streaming movies? Half of them are literally direct-to-dvd.. who the fuck wants to watch that?
3:01PM on 01/13/2010
My Wii has been collecting dust until Sports resort came out.. Wii frisbee golf is the best drinking game out there right now.
My Wii has been collecting dust until Sports resort came out.. Wii frisbee golf is the best drinking game out there right now.
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2:52PM on 01/13/2010

Wii isn't gone...

For those with children, especially boys, between about 8 and 14, the Wii is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I could care less about Netflix, but our Wii couldn't gather dust if we tried.
For those with children, especially boys, between about 8 and 14, the Wii is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I could care less about Netflix, but our Wii couldn't gather dust if we tried.
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2:39PM on 01/13/2010
Goddamn, pretty much this whole article was saying, "Wii sucks lol." It really is a great system.

But anyway, I'm glad to finally see Nintendo doing something for the consumers finally. Hopefully all of this shit talk is finally getting to them to make them do this kind of thing. I never saw it coming.
Goddamn, pretty much this whole article was saying, "Wii sucks lol." It really is a great system.

But anyway, I'm glad to finally see Nintendo doing something for the consumers finally. Hopefully all of this shit talk is finally getting to them to make them do this kind of thing. I never saw it coming.
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2:31PM on 01/13/2010
First of all, sold my Wii long ago. What a dud. Second, Netflix streaming on the PS3 doesn't suck at all. Sure, it would be a little better if it was direct through the console, like X-box, but it's not an inconvenience at all to get up and put a disc in to get access to my queue on my TV. No more inconvenient than putting a Blu-ray in, sheesh.
First of all, sold my Wii long ago. What a dud. Second, Netflix streaming on the PS3 doesn't suck at all. Sure, it would be a little better if it was direct through the console, like X-box, but it's not an inconvenience at all to get up and put a disc in to get access to my queue on my TV. No more inconvenient than putting a Blu-ray in, sheesh.
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