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Friday, 08 July 2011 08:53

Netflix on Wii U controller possible

Written by David Stellmack


At least theoretically possible right now
With no support for Blu-ray or DVD, streaming is the only way that you will get to view video on your Nintendo Wii U; and one of the biggest questions that everyone seems to have is whether you will be able to stream Netflix content onto the display on the controller.

The answer is a surprising “it is theoretically possible,” according to none other than Reggie Fils-Aime in an interview with David M. Ewalt from Forbes. Our hats are off to David for finally getting someone to answer this question.

Of course, there is no official confirmation yet that Netflix is going to be providing a way to access content from your Wii U; but we suspect that this announcement is coming soon and will likely be ready when the system arrives in April of next year. It is hard to say, however, if the first version of the Netflix player will support streaming to the controller even if it is theoretically possible.

Read more here.

 

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0 #1 TechHog 2011-07-08 12:53
It's not confirmed to launch in April, and it's highly unlikely that it will. I know that in other parts of the tech world, announcing something more than a year before launch is extremely unusual, but the video game market has always been an exception.

Now, on the article, they've been talking about Netflix since E3, and every console has Netflix now, including both Wii and soon 3DS, so yeah, they're definitely working that out. I'm more interested in whether or not it's going to get Hulu Plus. I really hope it does.
 
 
0 #2 godrilla 2011-07-08 19:42
If almost every device has Netflix support, this obviously would to!
wii,xbox, android devices, iphone, ipad, ps3,samsung tvs, westerndigital home system etc ...
 
 
+2 #3 lednerg 2011-07-08 21:43
The Darksiders II team at Vigil said it only took them 10 minutes to get their game to appear on the Wii U controller's screen. All they had to do was write two lines of code. Nintendo has apparently gone out of their way to make exploiting the controller's features as easy as possible for developers.
 
 
0 #4 TechHog 2011-07-08 22:41
Quoting lednerg:
The Darksiders II team at Vigil said it only took them 10 minutes to get their game to appear on the Wii U controller's screen. All they had to do was write two lines of code. Nintendo has apparently gone out of their way to make exploiting the controller's features as easy as possible for developers.

I heard about that. That's definitely a good thing to hear, so Netflix should do it (provided that the controller has a headphone jack).
 

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