Netflix Impressions on Wii
Posted April 22, 2010 by (171)
About a week ago I received my disk from Netflix, and today, the world is going to hear about my experience with it. First off, let it be known that I do not own an HD television, so everything in this article is from a standard-definition point of view. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, onto the review.
The Netflix service has been around for quite some time now, allowing people to rent movies in the mail without a late fee to be seen, only paying one monthly payment to rent as many videos you can. Now, on top of that, Netflix has released a disk to put into your Wii, that allows you to stream movies directly to your TV. You are limited to movies that are available to be viewed on your computer instantly, not that that is an issue, as that is still a very large number of movies.
The selection is my favorite part of this disk. Between five seasons of "The Office" (two of the British version), classic "Inspector Gadget", and yes, "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show", the selection is wonderful. There are loads of TV shows, and more movies that you can shake a stick at. It would be easy for anyone to rack up hours on this disk, there is always something to watch.
Yes, the "Super Mario Bros. Super Show" is available to stream on your Wii Netflix disk
Setting up the disk is a breeze, to say the very least. Once you insert the disk and start it up, it walks you through the process, which took me maybe 3 minutes. It was incredibly easy and quick. Movies on your television look DVD-quality, and take about ten seconds to load, even with my "nothing to brag about" Internet connection. Movies run seamlessly on the console also, I have only experienced one or two skips throughout my entire week of having the disk, and It’s already obtained 60+ hours of use.
Netflix separates movies into several different categories, and allows for 100 movies in each category at any given time. The only exceptions to the 100 rule is your instant-queue, and recommendation categories that pop up after watching movies. Unfortunately, your instant-queue movies have to be loaded from the Website, then the Wii disk instant-queue is updated. In the future it would be nice to be able to add movies to your instant queue from the disk, outside of movies that are displayed (you can add movies that the disk has onto the instant queue, but if you want to watch something that you can’t find on the disk, then you have to go onto the Internet and load it into your instant queue). A search function is also unavailable at the time, which means that you have to scroll through hundreds of movies on your own.
Speaking of scrolling through movies on your own, Let’s talk controls. These are some of the simplest controls I have ever experienced, and I love it. When searching through movies, you can use the pointer to select a movie, and click on arrows to scroll through the list. If you don’t want to click on the arrows to move the selection forward, you can also use the "+" and "-" buttons to scroll through the list, much like changing pages of Wii channels. If you don’t want to use the pointer at all, you can use the D-Pad to scroll through each movie individually, and the list will move automatically.
While streaming, Pushing the "A" button will pause the movie and bring up the progress bar, where you can skip ahead, or choose an earlier scene. when moving forward or backwards in the movie, there is a bit of loading involved which is as long as when you loaded the movie the first time.
Netflix on the Wii is here. Its free, its easy, oh, and its amazing.
For those of you who want the disk, a Netflix unlimited subscription (starting at $8.99 a month) is required to get the Wii disk. The disk also does not count as one of the disks you have out, and you never have to return it (actually they tell you not to specifically). Aside from your subscription fee that you are already paying, the disk will cost you absolutely nothing.
Is the Netflix disk worth it? To put it simply: The Netflix disk on the Wii has made its way into my home, and has kidnapped my heart and is writing a ransom note to my life. The good things about this disk very heavily outweigh the bad. Anyone with a Wii and a Netflix subscription should jump on this deal, you will surely not regret it.
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