Video streaming services will no longer work on the Nintendo Wii by January 2019

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Chary, Nov 9, 2018 at 7:32 AM.



    It's been over a decade since the release of the Nintendo Wii, with two newer home consoles succeeding it in the 12 years since its debut. While the Wii's relevancy may have faded, a small population of users out there still keep their system hooked up, for the purpose of easily streaming on-demand TV and movies. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Crunchyroll are still capable of streaming 480p video for those that managed to grab the respective applications prior to the closure of the Wii Shop Channel. Back in the day, there was a definite market thanks to the massive popularity of the Wii, and streaming companies commonly encouraged customers to use game consoles in order to watch content. Netflix even offered a disc by mail that would allow Wii systems to use the service. However, those days are coming to an end after eight years, with Netflix revealing that Nintendo will be suspending all video streaming services on the platform by January 31, 2019.

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  1. kikongokiller

    kikongokiller GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jan 12, 2017
    Press A+B to pay respects.
  2. Chary

    Chary Never sleeps.

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    It may be sluggish, it might only be 480p, it might crash 80% of the time, but hey, at least the Wii had Netflix.

    Wii > Switch confirmed, finally.
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  3. White90000

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  4. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    took them long enough :P
  5. kuwanger

    kuwanger GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 26, 2006
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    Can a PC from 2006 play Hulu, Netflix, etc at 480p? Is there some specific reason they're dropping support for the Wii? *sigh* "But you got to buy the latest Android TV!" Literally one can still use a TV from the 90s with an HDMI box (with the right adapter). Good thing I bought my sister/brother-in-law a box after Youtube broke on the Wii. I wonder how long they will ordain to keep that working.
  6. Ericthegreat

    Ericthegreat Not New Member

    Nov 8, 2008
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    Lol I never had one but Netflix came on this weird circle thing you put in your wii.
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  7. Justinde75

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    I'd love to see how many people used this in 2018
  8. Xzi

    Xzi Virtual Bartman

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    I think you forgot the /s. Video streaming was a much bigger factor for consoles last gen, but now you've got $20-$30 HDMI sticks that do the same thing. If anybody is buying $250+ video game consoles specifically to stream Netflix, they're doing life wrong.
  9. SuperrSonic

    SuperrSonic GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 9, 2011
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    Interestingly you can also watch it on the Netflix channel with a higher resolution and bitrate... but it doesn't last 5 hours.
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  10. WiiU

    WiiU Lurking in the Shadows

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    Didn’t even know this was a thing. Then again Australia only got Netflix in 2015.
  11. radicalwookie

    radicalwookie GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 15, 2018
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    You mean ''shake your wiimote violently like you are having a seizure'' to pay respects?
  12. leafeon34

    leafeon34 My profile picture is ugly

    Sep 30, 2014
    And nothing of value has been lost
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  13. Bedel

    Bedel The key of the blade

    Oct 28, 2015
    Hope this means they are planning to add them to Switch. Youtube did nothing for me, but Netflix is other story.
  14. Lucifer666

    Lucifer666 all the world needs is me

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    I don't understand why. I mean, sure, the Wii is defunct and nobody watches Netflix on it etc. etc., but does it actually cost Nintendo anything to keep it going? It's fetching data off of Netflix's servers...
  15. LightyKD

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    Damn... I get that the Wii is fairly old but I kinda feel bad. It's like putting flowers on a grave. :( -oh well, it was fun while it lasted.
    Last edited by LightyKD, Nov 9, 2018 at 9:14 AM
  16. LisaKlein

    LisaKlein Newbie

    :yaynds:When old one gone,the new one comes out
  17. krueger96

    krueger96 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 21, 2016
    Makes sense after all this time, but i have to say the wii netflix app is really good, if you don't care about hd.
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  18. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 14, 2010
    I would assume it's because Netflix has to keep their services working for the Wii, so they need to test stuff for that, maybe add specific exceptions here and there because the Wii is kinda garbage, things like that.
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  19. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

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    oh :(
    My parent still use the Wii to watch netflix.
    I guess I'll have to give them my WiiU in two months...

    is it a nintendo decision or netflix wanting to stop 480p?
    What I understand is it's caused by nintendo stopping their network service, I suppose it had to connect to nintendo first.

    It never crashed.
    And I don't know why a lot of people think netflix on switch is useless, while they are fine having it on other consoles. Not everybody has a phone or tablet, or like to watch things on the go on small screens, and the console is the only way to watch netflix on TV.
    the switch could do it too. Never understood the angst against netflix on switch from some users here but no problem with it on PS4. (not including you, just talking based on a lot of comments I saw on gbatemp from users against the idea to get netflix on switch)
    Last edited by Cyan, Nov 9, 2018 at 1:49 PM
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