Netflix took a beating this week as they raised prices without actually providing a fundamental improvement in their offerings, but at least there's some bright news in the Netflix camp to focus on. Netflix streaming is now available on one of the most popular handheld gaming consoles out there: Nintendo's 3DS. Starting now, 3DS owners in the U.S. and across Canada can download a free application that allows Netflix
members with unlimited streaming plans to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix.
Interestingly, there's actually not any 3D content on Netflix to enjoy just yet. Why launch on a 3D product without 3D content? Hard to say, but we're sure 3DS owners will be glad to at least have something going now, with the potential for 3D content down the road. Users interested in taking advantage can download the program from the eShop now, where it's totally free for Netflix users to indulge in.
The new Netflix application for Nintendo 3DS displays movies and TV episodes in 2D on the system's upper screen. Users will soon have access to an additional library of select movies that can be viewed in 3D without the need for special glasses. Not surprisingly, use of the app requires a broadband connection and an active Netflix account, so if you're all setup, toss the app onboard and let us know how it strikes you.
Netflix Streaming Now Available on Nintendo 3DS Hand-Held Systems
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Starting today, Nintendo 3DS™ owners
across the United States and Canada can download a free application
that allows Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans to instantly
watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix. The attractive,
easy-to-use service adds a huge value to the Nintendo 3DS portable
system, and again demonstrates how Nintendo 3DS continues to present new
and different experiences for owners almost every day.
Nintendo 3DS joins the Wii™ console in its ability to stream Netflix
content. On an average day, more than 1.5 million Netflix members
instantly watch TV shows or movies via the Wii console. Now available
for download from the Nintendo eShop, the Netflix application makes it
easy for people to enjoy big action films, award-winning documentaries
or hit reality shows and sitcoms on the Nintendo 3DS system anytime,
"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."
"Nintendo is a terrific partner with Netflix," said Reed Hastings,
co-founder and CEO of Netflix. "We're excited to extend the partnership
to include streaming on Nintendo 3DS."
The new Netflix application for Nintendo 3DS displays movies and TV
episodes in 2D on the system's upper screen. Users will soon have access
to an additional library of select movies that can be viewed in 3D
without the need for special glasses.
Use of the Netflix application on Nintendo 3DS requires a broadband
Internet connection and a Netflix streaming membership starting at $7.99
a month. Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans can instantly
watch on their Nintendo 3DS systems and other devices, including the Wii
To download the free Netflix application or any other content from
the Nintendo eShop, Nintendo 3DS users must first install the free
system update that became available on June 6.
The Nintendo 3DS system's parental control settings can be used to
manage access to the Netflix application. Parents who wish to manage the
specific content their kids watch will be happy to know that the
parental control settings associated with their Netflix account will be
applied to the streaming content viewable on the Nintendo 3DS system.