Netflix exclusive to Xbox 360 for now

Recently there have been rumours and questions all over the gaming industry surrounding Netflix's partnership with Microsoft and the Xbox 360. Today though Netflix have confirmed the service is exclusive to the console "for now", as news comes via EDGE:

"Netflix is always looking for ways to grow the service. For now, Netflix streaming on game consoles is exclusively on the Xbox 360 - and it's a terrific hit," a spokesperson said. "More than one million Netflix members who are Xbox Gold members have watched more than 1.5 billion minutes of movies and TV episodes instantly over the internet from Netflix via their Xbox 360."

In the last few weeks rumours have been circulating that the streaming service would maybe see the light of day on Sony's Playstation 3. An advert on the company's website was displayed asking for applicants with years of experience and the following message:

"You are familiar with several of those consoles, the technical hurdles associated with them, and the means of navigating those hurdles."

At the same time there were reports of Netflix conducting surveys, asking Playstation 3 owners if they would be interested in the service, and surprisingly Nintendo's Wii owners were also asked.

Since the advert and survey Iwata (president of Nintendo) confirmed an "on-demand video" service for the Wii and DS was in the works. It remains to be seen if this is a partnership between the two companies or if Nintendo are doing it on their own. Iwata gave some insight to the plans:

"If the Wii and the DS are connected, it should be possible to download video through the Wii and take it with you on the DS," he said.

"When the service begins, you'll see how we're going to do it differently in a Nintendo-like way. There are a lot of on-demand video services, so there's no reason to do the same thing, so we're going to do something different."

The lack of a large storage device for the Wii could be a concern and might force Nintendo to release an add-on hard drive finally if the movies and TV shows are able to be downloaded and saved and not only streamed.

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Finally tried out the netflix streaming and was not impressed... I was watching Scarface, initial test put me at the highest bandwidth/quality. About half way through the movie it paused, then retested the connection and it came back at 2 bars (as opposed to 4 earlier) and the quality was almost unwatchable on my 52" tv. The selection is not all that great either... my internet connection is 7 down/1 up... . so those without a 360.. you arent missing out on too much.

jerzdawg said,
Finally tried out the netflix streaming and was not impressed... I was watching Scarface, initial test put me at the highest bandwidth/quality. About half way through the movie it paused, then retested the connection and it came back at 2 bars (as opposed to 4 earlier) and the quality was almost unwatchable on my 52" tv. The selection is not all that great either... my internet connection is 7 down/1 up... . so those without a 360.. you arent missing out on too much.

I agree on the selection. Most of their streamable titles aren't that good.

I'm pretty sure the Wii version will probably be streaming only just like the X360 one. Also as far as DS's go it will likely only be on the DSi and even then via an add-on device. The reason I say that is that the DSi has on-board storage which the older DS units didn't have.

Doesn't the DS have WiFi? I know this may seem a little pointless, but I guess they could stream to the DS over WiFi. I doubt they will allow for download and play later anytime soon, that is a completely different type of service.

As always......Hurry up and start a download/streaming service in Europe!!.
We already have companies providing mail rentals(eg Lovefilm, Blockbuster), just nobody offers it for the xbox.