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.

  1. jahrs

    jahrs GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 14, 2009
    United States
    New Jersey
    ya got me i goofed was at work wanted to be funny and then my boss walked in so i posted it half done out of shear pantsh*ting fright.
  2. radicalwookie

    radicalwookie GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 15, 2018
    United States
    Bortz-kun noticed me!
  3. phreaksho

    phreaksho GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 27, 2007
    United States
    Post falls, Idaho
    I know some friends use their wii literally for netflix and wii sports... I'm sure their hearts will shatter when they hear about this:sleep:
  4. leon315

    leon315 POWERLIFTER

    Nov 27, 2013
    but it's really weird, i still use Netflix on X360, but from what I've just tried recently, the streaming just won't load, even i can still open the app and sync my view lists, considering X360 has more power than a wii.
  5. Kwyjor

    Kwyjor GBAtemp Regular

    May 23, 2018
    Eh? I thought at this juncture the Wii Shop Channel was still working, and it was only impossible to buy more points.
  6. Song of storms

    Song of storms GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jul 18, 2018
    Understandable, have a good day.
  7. BraveDragonWolf

    BraveDragonWolf Member

    May 5, 2015
    United States
    Seriously forgot this even existed on the Wii...
  8. Technicmaster0

    Technicmaster0 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Oct 22, 2011
    Gambia, The
    I'm amazed by how shitty the reactions are; same for the switch youtube app
  9. kuwanger

    kuwanger GBAtemp Maniac

    Jul 26, 2006
    United States
    I've reencoded stuff to work on the Wii through WiiMC, and I'd hardly call it garbage. It may be relatively underpowered, but it's more than capable of playing the 480p video you give it so long as you don't use too advanced of a codec. That last part I can sort of understand wanting to get rid of to save bandwidth and avoid future encoding on such codecs. Still, since they've already got most their library already encoded that way, it'd seem to more sensical to just keep providing support to users on all the older encoded stuff. Actually maintaining the app for the Wii should be incredibly trivially.
  10. cashboxz01

    cashboxz01 Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    United States
    This is not fair. I use my wii as my primary streaming device. Not everyone can afford a raspberry pi or a fire tv stick ya know.
  11. Rioluwott

    Rioluwott GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Feb 23, 2014
    Never actually tried netflix on the wii
    does it actually work on an acceptable way?
    also never tried the 3ds version either
    i think netflix never got released on mexico(on the wii and 3ds), i can install the file but would it work with a mexican account?
  12. nodnyl10

    nodnyl10 GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 17, 2008
    This is just sad. I worked on a Call Center and most of the people that called are Nintendo Wii owners that uses their Wii for Netflix. Most of them or at least 90% of the time are senior citizens. I guess around age 50ish and above. Now this news that it wont support Netflix anymore is really sad. I don't know the right term but i believe it's Foster Care, that place is one of the most callers we get on the job, they play Nintendo Wii most of the time but the Netflix is what they use for non-actives. Sad really. How many times have I mentioned sad anyway.
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  13. Haymose

    Haymose GBAtemp Fan

    Mar 24, 2014
    United States
    Netflix and Nintendo have nothing to gain by keeping this alive on Wii. Sad for the people who still might use it though.
  14. shinsekaito

    shinsekaito Member

    Sep 11, 2015
    I remember downloading it once to test it, I guess it's cool for watching 4:3 stuff. But I never used it much.
  15. Plstic

    Plstic Guru Meditation Error

    Apr 21, 2010
    United States
    Milwaukee WI
    Crunchyroll was added in 2015 lol.
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  16. THEGUY3ds

    THEGUY3ds GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 13, 2018
    In The galaxy
  17. Unleanone999

    Unleanone999 GBAtemp Fan

    May 15, 2018
    Surprised it took this long. Who still uses the wii to watch streaming movies and shows?
  18. Cyan

    Cyan GBATemp's lurking knight

    Global Moderator
    Oct 27, 2002
    Engine room, learning
    I checked what chromecast is, and it's not what I expected.
    you need another device to steam to the cast to the TV, I thought it was a device connecting itself to the home wifi and acting as independent android and media server with apps on it you got from the store.
    it looks like it's easier for my parent to get my wiiu and have netflix on it, than having to get and setup a phone with netflix then connect to the cast to stream it. double device understanding required instead of one.

    they already have issues understanding the "AV" button on the tv remote to switch to wii.... they use only vol/chan +/-
    A/B (accept/back) on the netflix interface is at the limit of their understanding of an UI :/

    Another choice would be to gift them a connected TV for Christmas :P
    One single remote with every services on it.
    Last edited by Cyan, Nov 10, 2018
  19. Noctosphere

    Noctosphere Adoptive father of my kitty named Zelda

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    Dec 30, 2013
    Back with kitty Zelda forever :D
    There was Netflix on wii? :wtf:
    I knew on wii u, but wii?
    as in... no HD?
  20. slaphappygamer

    slaphappygamer GBAPerm

    Nov 30, 2008
    United States
    Aptos, California
    Wonder when Netflix on switch will be available? Or maybe some network hack (dns change?) to make Netflix work again on wii. I’m sure if won’t be long before Netflix again works on the wii. My brother uses it all the time and has a tight budget. Maybe I get him a roku box for Christmas.