Netflix + Wii = BFF

By Mir
January 13, 2010

I think I may have mentioned a time or twelve that we received an HD Roku for Christmas and I love it like a third child. Quite simply, it rocks my socks off. Whereas before our cheapie Netflix subscription meant a disc would come in the mail and we’d leave it sitting on top of the television for three months, because no one really wanted that particular movie at that particular moment, now it’s all: You want movies for your sleepover? Bam, added to the live streaming queue! I should try some Pilates? Bam, there it is, ready to go. I pink puffy heart live streaming.

And so of course I wholeheartedly endorse the purchase of a Roku—I think it’s well worth the cost—but I know it’s not necessarily for everyone. Say, for example, that you already have a Wii, but a Roku just isn’t in the budget right now. Well, then, you should go reserve your Netflix Live Streaming Disc, which essentially turns your Wii into a Roku. It’s free, and if you have Netflix, a Wii, and a broadband connection, you too can learn the joy of live streaming when the discs are released this Spring.

(Do note: This renders in standard definition. If you want high definition live streaming, go check out the HD Roku, instead. The Netflix disc has the distinct advantage of being free, though.)


  1. Hey, Mir! How is the selection for those Netflix on demand videos? I have a Wii and am very excited about this Wii/Netflix deal. I haven’t been able to find a good list of what all they offer streaming, though, and don’t want to pay for a subscription if there aren’t many videos available.

  2. You can’t get the really new stuff, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the selection. Right now we have about 25 items on our Roku, ranging from movies and fitness videos to entire seasons of hit TV shows we never managed to watch.

  3. We have been downloading Scooby Doo and stuff for my son on Netflix. Looove it. But he has to watch on my laptop. I can’t wait till the Wii does it. Good find!!!!

  4. This might compel me to start up a Netflix account again. Any idea if you have to be a current Netflix member to get the free disc?

  5. You just made my day! We canceled our Neflix subscription a couple years ago because we just weren’t finding anything good to rent anymore and the live stream was extremely limited.

    This week we decided to do the free trial again to check it out. I have been pleasantly surprised by how expanded the live stream now is. We are finding hundreds of things to watch. Not so worried about the new releases anyway.

    I have heard that people are really having a hard time getting the new releases from Netflix anyway. I have also heard they have been delaying the release of those new releases as they try to get more on the live stream so this may ultimately be the way to go anyway!

  6. I just reserved my disc. We were looking into getting something to stream the Netflix to our TV, and now don’t have to!

  7. My husband bought a BluRay player recently that has access to Netflix AND Pandora. I don’t know the model, but I know it was about $150. And he hooked it up to our wireless, and we are in media bliss. Toddler parents: there are LOADS of good videos on Netflix: Dora. Bob the Builder. Madeline. Super Why. We don’t have cable now, and don’t even miss it!

  8. For those of you with a Playstation 3, you can rent downloadable movies right from your Playstation, and they have an extensive selection. Much better for us than owing $40 bucks in return fees because I can never remember to return stuff to Blockbuster or the like.

  9. I hear you can also do it on the Xbox though I wouldn’t know since we are Blockbuster Online customers. 🙂 We are contemplating trying the free trial and comparing which is more economical for us and our movie junkie habits. 🙂

  10. Woo! We were just trolling for info about this last week.

  11. btw, what we found was that netflix was likely waiting for some contract to expire… this spring. 🙂

  12. Ohhhhh…just invested in a family PS3 at Christmas because it livestreamed Netflix. Already had the Wii :(. Oh well, guess we will have two tv’s it will work on! (Will it work that way with one subscription? Anyone know?)

  13. I saw this on The Consumerist earlier today, so I immediately signed up for our disc. I was trying to get my husband to agree to the Roku, but we don’t really need it if the Wii will stream Netflix for us since we’d mainly use it for that. I’m pretty excited for the disc to arrive! 😀

  14. thanks for the tip! suppose we’ll actually have to connect the wii to the internet now, but it’s for a good cause!

  15. This is fantastic!! We have been watching instant movies and tv from Netflix on our laptop. This will be sooo much better! Bigger picture and better sound. Oh, how we love Netflix and the Wii, too! Thanks for the heads-up!!

  16. My oldest (16) has an Xbox and he can livestream movies to his TV from our Netflix account. He loves it. Of course, we have to be vigilant and pay attention to what has been watched. Ahem.

  17. OH! I’M SO EXCITED!! Is it pathetic and sad that this link kind of made my day? Because I love the idea of FREE and we love our Netflix subscription and now it’s going to be EVEN BETTER! I want to squeal and jump up and down, but The Kids are asleep and I like them in that condition!

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