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171 comments

First Post (-1, Offtopic)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616524)

Finally

Re:First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616790)

Bobby, I got propane in my urethra.

--Hank Hill

Re:First Post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31617422)

Wrong! This was on "The Simpsons", when Homer was channel surfing, and the TV was unseen. This quote can not be attributed to Hank Hill. KTHXBYE

Your official guide to the Jigaboo presidency (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616536)

Congratulations on your purchase of a brand new nigger! If handled properly, your apeman will give years of valuable, if reluctant, service.

INSTALLING YOUR NIGGER.
You should install your nigger differently according to whether you have purchased the field or house model. Field niggers work best in a serial configuration, i.e. chained together. Chain your nigger to another nigger immediately after unpacking it, and don't even think about taking that chain off, ever. Many niggers start singing as soon as you put a chain on them. This habit can usually be thrashed out of them if nipped in the bud. House niggers work best as standalone units, but should be hobbled or hamstrung to prevent attempts at escape. At this stage, your nigger can also be given a name. Most owners use the same names over and over, since niggers become confused by too much data. Rufus, Rastus, Remus, Toby, Carslisle, Carlton, Hey-You!-Yes-you!, Yeller, Blackstar, and Sambo are all effective names for your new buck nigger. If your nigger is a ho, it should be called Latrelle, L'Tanya, or Jemima. Some owners call their nigger hoes Latrine for a joke. Pearl, Blossom, and Ivory are also righteous names for nigger hoes. These names go straight over your nigger's head, by the way.

CONFIGURING YOUR NIGGER
Owing to a design error, your nigger comes equipped with a tongue and vocal chords. Most niggers can master only a few basic human phrases with this apparatus - "muh dick" being the most popular. However, others make barking, yelping, yapping noises and appear to be in some pain, so you should probably call a vet and have him remove your nigger's tongue. Once de-tongued your nigger will be a lot happier - at least, you won't hear it complaining anywhere near as much. Niggers have nothing interesting to say, anyway. Many owners also castrate their niggers for health reasons (yours, mine, and that of women, not the nigger's). This is strongly recommended, and frankly, it's a mystery why this is not done on the boat

HOUSING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger can be accommodated in cages with stout iron bars. Make sure, however, that the bars are wide enough to push pieces of nigger food through. The rule of thumb is, four niggers per square yard of cage. So a fifteen foot by thirty foot nigger cage can accommodate two hundred niggers. You can site a nigger cage anywhere, even on soft ground. Don't worry about your nigger fashioning makeshift shovels out of odd pieces of wood and digging an escape tunnel under the bars of the cage. Niggers never invented the shovel before and they're not about to now. In any case, your nigger is certainly too lazy to attempt escape. As long as the free food holds out, your nigger is living better than it did in Africa, so it will stay put. Buck niggers and hoe niggers can be safely accommodated in the same cage, as bucks never attempt sex with black hoes.

FEEDING YOUR NIGGER.
Your Nigger likes fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon. You should therefore give it none of these things because its lazy ass almost certainly doesn't deserve it. Instead, feed it on porridge with salt, and creek water. Your nigger will supplement its diet with whatever it finds in the fields, other niggers, etc. Experienced nigger owners sometimes push watermelon slices through the bars of the nigger cage at the end of the day as a treat, but only if all niggers have worked well and nothing has been stolen that day. Mike of the Old Ranch Plantation reports that this last one is a killer, since all niggers steal something almost every single day of their lives. He reports he doesn't have to spend much on free watermelon for his niggers as a result. You should never allow your nigger meal breaks while at work, since if it stops work for more than ten minutes it will need to be retrained. You would be surprised how long it takes to teach a nigger to pick cotton. You really would. Coffee beans? Don't ask. You have no idea.

MAKING YOUR NIGGER WORK.
Niggers are very, very averse to work of any kind. The nigger's most prominent anatomical feature, after all, its oversized buttocks, which have evolved to make it more comfortable for your nigger to sit around all day doing nothing for its entire life. Niggers are often good runners, too, to enable them to sprint quickly in the opposite direction if they see work heading their way. The solution to this is to *dupe* your nigger into working. After installation, encourage it towards the cotton field with blows of a wooden club, fence post, baseball bat, etc., and then tell it that all that cotton belongs to a white man, who won't be back until tomorrow. Your nigger will then frantically compete with the other field niggers to steal as much of that cotton as it can before the white man returns. At the end of the day, return your nigger to its cage and laugh at its stupidity, then repeat the same trick every day indefinitely. Your nigger comes equipped with the standard nigger IQ of 75 and a memory to match, so it will forget this trick overnight. Niggers can start work at around 5am. You should then return to bed and come back at around 10am. Your niggers can then work through until around 10pm or whenever the light fades.

ENTERTAINING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger enjoys play, like most animals, so you should play with it regularly. A happy smiling nigger works best. Games niggers enjoy include: 1) A good thrashing: every few days, take your nigger's pants down, hang it up by its heels, and have some of your other niggers thrash it with a club or whip. Your nigger will signal its intense enjoyment by shrieking and sobbing. 2) Lynch the nigger: niggers are cheap and there are millions more where yours came from. So every now and then, push the boat out a bit and lynch a nigger.

Lynchings are best done with a rope over the branch of a tree, and niggers just love to be lynched. It makes them feel special. Make your other niggers watch. They'll be so grateful, they'll work harder for a day or two (and then you can lynch another one). 3) Nigger dragging: Tie your nigger by one wrist to the tow bar on the back of suitable vehicle, then drive away at approximately 50mph. Your nigger's shrieks of enjoyment will be heard for miles. It will shriek until it falls apart. To prolong the fun for the nigger, do *NOT* drag him by his feet, as his head comes off too soon. This is painless for the nigger, but spoils the fun. Always wear a seatbelt and never exceed the speed limit. 4) Playing on the PNL: a variation on (2), except you can lynch your nigger out in the fields, thus saving work time. Niggers enjoy this game best if the PNL is operated by a man in a tall white hood. 5) Hunt the nigger: a variation of Hunt the Slipper, but played outdoors, with Dobermans. WARNING: do not let your Dobermans bite a nigger, as they are highly toxic.

DISPOSAL OF DEAD NIGGERS.
Niggers die on average at around 40, which some might say is 40 years too late, but there you go. Most people prefer their niggers dead, in fact. When yours dies, report the license number of the car that did the drive-by shooting of your nigger. The police will collect the nigger and dispose of it for you.

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH NIGGERS - MY NIGGER IS VERY AGGRESIVE
Have it put down, for god's sake. Who needs an uppity nigger? What are we, short of niggers or something?

MY NIGGER KEEPS RAPING WHITE WOMEN
They all do this. Shorten your nigger's chain so it can't reach any white women, and arm heavily any white women who might go near it.

WILL MY NIGGER ATTACK ME?
Not unless it outnumbers you 20 to 1, and even then, it's not likely. If niggers successfully overthrew their owners, they'd have to sort out their own food. This is probably why nigger uprisings were nonexistent (until some fool gave them rights).

MY NIGGER BITCHES ABOUT ITS "RIGHTS" AND "RACISM".
Yeah, well, it would. Tell it to shut the fuck up.

MY NIGGER'S HIDE IS A FUNNY COLOR. - WHAT IS THE CORRECT SHADE FOR A NIGGER?
A nigger's skin is actually more or less transparent. That brown color you can see is the shit your nigger is full of. This is why some models of nigger are sold as "The Shitskin".

MY NIGGER ACTS LIKE A NIGGER, BUT IS WHITE.
What you have there is a "wigger". Rough crowd. WOW!

IS THAT LIKE AN ALBINO? ARE THEY RARE?
They're as common as dog shit and about as valuable. In fact, one of them was President between 1992 and 2000. Put your wigger in a cage with a few hundred genuine niggers and you'll soon find it stops acting like a nigger. However, leave it in the cage and let the niggers dispose of it. The best thing for any wigger is a dose of TNB.

MY NIGGER SMELLS REALLY BAD
And you were expecting what?

SHOULD I STORE MY DEAD NIGGER?
When you came in here, did you see a sign that said "Dead nigger storage"? .That's because there ain't no goddamn sign.

Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1, Interesting)

jsnipy (913480) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616560)

But without any hope of HD, whats the point?

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (3, Interesting)

Goblez (928516) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616600)

Now my kids can watch their Cartoons downstairs while I stream HD on my XBox upstairs. Sounds like a win for me.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616622)

Not everyone has an HD tv... I don't, but I do have a Wii. As a result, I'm excited about streaming on the Wii.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

Commander South (1139931) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616630)

Well, at least in my situation, the Wii is in the living room on the non HD tv my parents have for when we play. So it works out great for us. I say if it can do it, why not. That and I know some people who only have a Wii...

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (2)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616640)

No HD capability in my house anyway, so streaming "old fashoned resolution" stuff to my old fashioned tube tv (won't be replaced until it dies...) is fine with me...

Of course, I've not put our Wii on hte 'net yet - don't need to, got kids to worry about with it... and my DSL service tends to die while waiting for PADO packets...

I'm constantly impressed by the bandwidth a rural mail carrier's truck full of netflix dvds provide anyway :)

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

ocdude (932504) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617674)

Of course, I've not put our Wii on hte 'net yet - don't need to, got kids to worry about with it...

The Wii has parental controls, and the way they handle multiplayer online stuff anyway, there is pretty much no way for people to contact other people using the Wii online.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616666)

But without any hope of HD, whats the point?

Guess what? Lots of people don't own HDTVs, but like to watch movies and already own a Wii.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

Ephemeriis (315124) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616692)

But without any hope of HD, whats the point?

Most of the stuff I watch these days is not HD.

Most of my movies are standard definition DVDs. I have a single TV in my house that can do HD... But, aside from the occasional HD television program, have nothing HD to watch on it.

Most of the stuff I get from Netflix is older titles that, frankly, are more like VHS quality than DVD.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (2, Insightful)

cbope (130292) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616730)

Yeah, because DVD-quality is so crap.

I mean come on, I play Faroudja upscaled DVD (PAL 576i) on my 40" 1080p HDTV and from my sofa 15 feet away it looks great. Blu-ray only looks a bit sharper thanks to the distance. Just because it's not HD doesn't mean it's useless.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (4, Funny)

maugle (1369813) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616800)

Philistine. I bet you aren't even using $100 Monster-brand premium gold-plated HDMI connectors for optimal signal quality and maximum color-accuracy and sharpness!

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (3, Funny)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617136)

DVD-quality is not crap, but frankly I do rather watch in HD quality. I have a 50" TV and better HDMI connectors (studio quality, cost like $100.. but for me it's worth it) from PS3 to it and it's clear how much better HD quality is.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (4, Informative)

snowraver1 (1052510) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617208)

I have a 50" TV and better HDMI connectors (studio quality, cost like $100..

You are about to be rediculed until you create a new account.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31617404)

Hahaha, I guess you think there is a difference in quality between one HDMI connector/cable and another, huh? Digital is digital, bro. There is no signal loss.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (3, Informative)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617494)

Wrong, there is signal loss in digital. However, you are also right. Once you lose enough signal that you can no longer decode the digital data, your video becomes instantly unwatchable.

Therefore, if you needed a long enough HDMI cable, as the voltage drops enough from the transmitter to the receiver, you'd start seeing the difference between low quality and high quality cables in that the good cables would work and the others would cut out frequently or not work at all.

Not picking on you per se, but as long as we're going to educate people on why they shouldn't waste money on expensive snake oil, we should explain it correctly.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (3, Interesting)

Shatrat (855151) | more than 4 years ago | (#31618002)

Once you lose enough signal that you can no longer decode the digital data, your video becomes instantly unwatchable.

While we're nitpicking, this isn't necessarily true. There is such a thing as Bit Error Rate and you can have some in a digital signal and still have a usable signal. It might not even be noticeable. If a 24 bit color is off by the least significant bit for one frame on one pixel would you see it? It's an oversimplified example really, but I hope you get my point. On the other hand, a little bit of nasty on an OC192 can drop every cell call in 100 miles.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

KlomDark (6370) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617480)

You done got suxx0red on the high end HDMI cables, boy.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (4, Funny)

MachineShedFred (621896) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617500)

I hear that square-wave signals look WAY better when they travel through way-overpriced copper rather than inexpensive copper. You can totally tell the difference!

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (4, Informative)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617588)

Hi, I work at a studio -- its name starts with an "S" and its parent used to make rice steamers before it moved into electronics and spider-related comic book movies. I have a $10 HDMI cable from Monoprice.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

moosesocks (264553) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617976)

I work in a TV studio. As far as I'm aware, we don't have a single device that uses HDMI as an interconnect.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617834)

DVD-quality? Netflix streaming? Not so much :)

But that does make a point - why worry about HD Netflix streaming when their SD has plenty of room for improvement first...

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616760)

If you're on a 40"(give or take, 40" is for me, for others it might be 32" or 46") or smaller set, what's the difference?

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616936)

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3161833 [1up.com]

The lack of awareness (or interest) isn't limited to movie watching, either -- and here's where you should start paying attention for an idea on how the mass market will respond in the next few years. Only 30% of Xbox 360 owners were aware of the HD graphics capabilities of the machine, whereas that number rises to 50% with PS3. Considering the inclusion of a cheap Blu-ray player in the PS3, that's not so surprising, but, either way, a startling number of "HD gamers" don't know about -- or don't care about -- HD.

I think you'll find there are still huge numbers of people without HD TV as there hasn't been a reason for most people to get it. I'm sure both the 360 and PS3 are helping increase that. The PS3 more so because of blu-ray but considering more people own a Wii than any other console, it's quite safe to say that most people still don't care about HD TV so Netflix doesn't really have to worry.

I like HD, it's awesome, but I (like a lot of people on this site) aren't normal people so while hearing everyone on Slashdot talk about HD TV might make it sound like it's a big thing in actual fact it's not.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31617514)

That article is from 2007, before the end of the HDDVD/Blu Ray war. I would imagine those numbers are double today.

just as good as the others... (2, Insightful)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616974)

But without any hope of HD, whats the point?

Last I heard Netflix streaming on PS3 and Xbox 360 are both in 480p - same resolution as the Wii.

Re:just as good as the others... (1)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617160)

But like the GP stated, "without any hope". It's still easily possible for 360/PS3 to add HD quality, but with Wii the hardware limits them from doing that.

Re:just as good as the others... (1)

BillGod (639198) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617348)

Next gen Wii has already said it will be HD. Not that the games will be in HD but at least it has HD capabilities. Anyway. Just got my email from netflix today. Dear William, Your free instant streaming disc for Wii should arrive by Friday, Mar 26, 2010. Meanwhile, add movies & TV episodes to your instant Queue now so you're ready to watch instantly when your instant streaming disc arrives. -Your friends at Netflix Thousands of TV episodes & movies to watch instantly! Wii instant Queue Choose from thousands of TV episodes, classic movies & some new releases. Browse and instantly watch right on your TV via your Wii(TM) console.

Re:just as good as the others... (1)

DarkMagician07 (686278) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617730)

Actually, streaming to the Xbox is done in HD, albeit 720p last I checked. The PS3 also gets some content in HD, but not as much as the Xbox does yet. The Xbox in our house is pretty much used only for netflix streaming as it's connected to the old tv in the bedroom (and netflix is currently the only content we watch on that TV). I have brought it out to my 46" Bravia and seen a difference when streaming the HD version of content vs. the SD version of the same content.

I'm actually surprised the PS3 doesn't get more HD content, but then again, Microsoft has pretty much bought their way into being the sole provider of quite a few multiplatform contents that I would much rather see on my PS3. Not only do they get to have Netflix deny some HD content to the PS3, but they also took over the Rock Band Network, which means that 95% or more of the RBN releases that are coming out are only on the Xbox.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616984)

Most of their stuff is SD with a few "HD" videos coming in at 720p. Chances are you didn't buy a Wii for its media center capabilities. That's what the 360 and PS3 are for. I use my 360 more as a media box than a gaming console.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617132)

I have a 37" 1080p TV, and with component cables the Wii can do 480p (as opposed to the default 480i with the included cables). The difference between 480p and 480i isn't huge, but it's noticeable, at least on my TV. The Wii games look nice and crisp, although they could possibly look fuzzy on a larger HDTV. So, it's not going to give you the full HD experience, but DVDs max out at (IIRC) 720p anyway, so you aren't getting the full HD experience with Netflix regardless unless you've been paying the extra $4 a month for Blu Ray.

At any rate, I pre-ordered the Wii disk and I'm glad they finally released it. I didn't really want to buy another game console or some specialized device just for streaming Netflix movies, and this will be much more convenient than watching them on my laptop.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

madsenj37 (612413) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617316)

My PS3 can stream in 720p when Netflix offers a video at that resolution. Not everything is offered at that resolution (yet?). Otherwise I am in 480p/480i anyways. Secondly, the point is that anything that streams is meant to supplement what comes in the mail. It is not meant to replace it. Things like old TV shows and movies may not have been shot in HD, either. As others have pointed out, not everyone has a HDTV, or at least a their Wii is not hooked up to one. Not everyone has broadband that plays nice with HD bandwidth requirements. Not everyone has a laptop, spare computer, Xbox 360, PS3 or Roku, etc to stream in better resolution. If you have not gathered by now, there are many reasons and points to the Wii streaming. Not to mention that many people (read children, elders & non-technophiles) do not need HD to be satisfied.

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

Aeros (668253) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617374)

this is streaming netflix..your not going to get HD anyway

Re:Not to sounds like a video snob ... (1)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617842)

You realize that Netflix does a lot of business with something called "DVDs", right?

great.... (4, Funny)

Michael Kristopeit (1751814) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616576)

now if my tivo HD XL, mac mini, and xbox 360 all crap out, i can still watch streaming netflix in my living room.

i can finally sleep at night.

Re:great.... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616820)

We all know your 360 will crap out, it's just a matter of the other 2.

You need a disc? (2, Interesting)

Sparkycat (1703438) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616584)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I gather that you need to load the netflix disc every time you want to stream stream something?

On my 360 (and I assume on PS3s as well), netflix streaming is built into the software of the device: I can play a game off of a disc until my wife gets home, then switch over to netflix and watch some tv with a few button clicks.

If you have to get up and fumble with discs every time you want to switch tasks, this is a big Fail for the Wii in terms of convenience. Why not a WiiWare application?

Re:You need a disc? (3, Informative)

nateand (1487549) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616638)

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I gather that you need to load the netflix disc every time you want to stream stream something?

On my 360 (and I assume on PS3s as well), netflix streaming is built into the software of the device: I can play a game off of a disc until my wife gets home, then switch over to netflix and watch some tv with a few button clicks.

If you have to get up and fumble with discs every time you want to switch tasks, this is a big Fail for the Wii in terms of convenience. Why not a WiiWare application?

PS3 streaming also requires a disc. I heard it has something to do with xbox 360 exclusivity agreements, but I could be wrong.

Re:You need a disc? (2, Informative)

AnotherUsername (966110) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616992)

From what I understand, at some time later this year the PS3 should be getting a firmware upgrade that allows instant viewing without a disc. I would imagine that the Wii will have a similar firmware upgrade.

Re:You need a disc? (2, Informative)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617066)

This is correct but I suspect MS' agreement runs out at the end of 2010 as that will be how long PS3 owners require the disk and possibly the same for Wii owners. Though depending on the size of the app and the Wii's limited space, Wii owners may be stuck with the disk for good.

http://www.joystiq.com/2009/10/26/netflix-ps3-disc-must-remain-in-system-until-2010-update/ [joystiq.com]

Re:You need a disc? (4, Informative)

BassMan449 (1356143) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616650)

PS3 requires a disc as well. I believe it is Netflix's way around the agreement they made with Microsoft to get it on the 360.

Re:You need a disc? (2, Informative)

Michael Kristopeit (1751814) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616740)

netflix made an exclusivity deal with the xbox 360 that expires next year or soon after... i dont have a link, but someone with the wii netflix team already said that once the deal expires, there will be a downloadable app made available.

Re:You need a disc? (1)

Orange Crush (934731) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616770)

Well, I won't know until I receive mine and try it out, but it is possible to install software to the Wii. Many games install little "channels" that access leaderboard-style stats and whatnot, so perhaps this does the same thing, and makes a Netflix channel so you don't need the disc every time you want to watch something.

Re:You need a disc? (1)

madsenj37 (612413) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617412)

You will need the disc until Microsoft's exclusive agreement runs out. Same for PS3.

Temporary Legal Requirement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31617014)

As I understand Netflix and Xbox have an deal where xbox is the only party allowed to have streaming video from netflix on the hard-drive. The disk is a legal formality to get around this agreement, and will likely no longer be required once the exclusivity period is expired.

I seem to remember reading this period would end in the fall of this year or next (can't recall).

Re:You need a disc? (1)

BobPaul (710574) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617076)

PS3 requires a disc, but a Wii can easily be softmodded so that a USB loader (such as USBLoader GX [google.com] ) to launch the service from a thumbdrive/usb HD instead of a DVD.

It would be best if they made it into a channel, but they haven't even done that on PS3, so that seems unlikely.

Re:You need a disc? (4, Funny)

Richy_T (111409) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617566)

If you have to get up and fumble with discs every time you want to switch tasks, this is a big Fail for the Wii in terms of convenience.

Think of it as "Wii Fit Lite"

Netflix streaming (4, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616588)

I'm beginning to think that everything will one day stream Netflix. It would be nice if Netflix would concentrate less on getting their service on my refrigerator and more on expanding their selection of movies and shows available for streaming. It doesn't seem to have improved all that much since the service started.

Re:Netflix streaming (-1)

osgeek (239988) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616782)

You also have to wonder why Slashdot has to post an article each time support is announced for a different device and then each time that support arrives (or so it seems). We get it... Netflix streams movies over the Internet to an assortment of devices.

Re:Netflix streaming (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31617506)

Some of us have been waiting for this and read Slashdot more than we check every manufacturer's website... SLASHDOT IS A NEWS AGGREGATOR THIS IS WHAT THE SITE IS HERE FOR, IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT STFU!

Re:Netflix streaming (1)

iroll (717924) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617630)

Seconded.

Re:Netflix streaming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31618050)

You also have to wonder why Slashdot has to post an article each time support is announced for a different device and then each time that support arrives (or so it seems). We get it... Netflix streams movies over the Internet to an assortment of devices.

What? They have NetFlix on the Internet?

Well said (1)

CranberryKing (776846) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616922)

You mean I can finally watch 'Look Who's Talking 2' and 'Rocky V' on my Wii?

Re:Netflix streaming (3, Insightful)

fullfactorial (1338749) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617016)

Good luck with that. Netflix is beholden to the content owners for that, and they are VERY particular with the who-what-when-where-how of content distribution.

I expect to see Hulu streaming to the Wii before I see a week-old TV show on Netflix.

Re:Netflix streaming (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617022)

So are you picturing a garage with two dudes in it, both of whom are currently working on putting netflix on home appliances? "Hey Bob, maybe we better switch back to getting some more movies up". If the owners of the content decided netflix could post whatever they wanted this stuff would be up yesterday. Its legal agreements and handwringing with the suits at the movie companies worried about their bottom lines, not Netflix that's holding it up. But given that blockbuster is about to crumble its only a matter of time before getting streamed movies is the only way people rent them. I'm guessing you'll see a lot better terms then.

Re:Netflix streaming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31617138)

I know South Park is constantly updated to stream which I enjoy, but I'd really like the Simpsons seasons 1-10 on there and Futurama. Now THAT would be awesome. I'd also like some other anime series streamed on there, like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GiG. First season is there and the stripped down "movies" of the seasons are there but I want to watch the entire series in all it's glorious awesomeness! Wouldn't mind some various Gundam series too.

Yeah I could go buy them but I'm a cheapskate =P I also realize I'm probably a minority of their customers wanting more anime streaming. I'm actually surprised they bothered putting some on there already.

Re:Netflix streaming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31617396)

Except you still can't stream Netflix to a Linux desktop.

Re:Netflix streaming (1)

lidocaineus (661282) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617528)

because by limiting the platforms on which a service runs will broaden their customer base, enabling them to have better bargaining power with the studios who control source distribution? Thank god you don't run netflix.

Re:Netflix streaming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31618020)

> It doesn't seem to have improved all that much since the service

Care to qualify that? I'd say their selection has improved dramatically:

http://feedfliks.com/streaming/just-arrived [feedfliks.com]

And will keep getting better:

http://feedfliks.com/streaming/coming-soon [feedfliks.com]

What is missing that results in your incessant whining about selection?

Re:Netflix streaming (1)

Killer Orca (1373645) | more than 4 years ago | (#31618084)

I'm beginning to think that everything will one day stream Netflix. It would be nice if Netflix would concentrate less on getting their service on my refrigerator and more on expanding their selection of movies and shows available for streaming. It doesn't seem to have improved all that much since the service started.

Because selection is dependent on the content providers and not technological limitations, which is far as I can tell are much easier to overcome. However, they have been working quite hard at improving their streaming selection http://criterioncast.com/2009/12/21/criterion-on-netflix/ [criterioncast.com] http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-10426792-261.html [cnet.com]

Re:Netflix streaming (4, Informative)

CrankyFool (680025) | more than 4 years ago | (#31618096)

They can do both, you know.

(I work at Netflix, on the IT side. I mean, duh, I read slashdot).

The groups working on device support have nothing to do with the groups working on more content; the latter is largely a business effort anyway, whereas the former is SOME business efforts, and lots of technical efforts.

And my impression is that the top two priorities are:

1. More content;

2. More devices.

Nothing about Wii on the Netflix site yet (1)

ekimminau (775300) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616612)

Wii is not listed as a supported player yet here: http://www.netflix.com/NetflixReadyDevices?lnkceData=0&lnkce=gssiclk&trkid=1445376 [netflix.com] Nor in the "Watch Instantly" view menu here: http://www.netflix.com/GetStartedStreamingInstantly# [netflix.com]

Re:Nothing about Wii on the Netflix site yet (1)

bigpat (158134) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616734)

Technically the wii won't be supported until 3/26...

When I click on the "Find Out More" it shows that they shipped my disc and it will arrive on 3/26

Re:Nothing about Wii on the Netflix site yet (1)

ShadowRangerRIT (1301549) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616796)

How do you request a disc? I can't find anything on their site.

Re:Nothing about Wii on the Netflix site yet (2, Informative)

Toonol (1057698) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617934)

I just requested one. Logged onto Netflix.com, went to "Instantly to your TV", click on "Wii - coming soon". They have a link to ask them for a free disk, and they said it would arrive tomorrow.

Re:Nothing about Wii on the Netflix site yet (3, Informative)

ekimminau (775300) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616798)

Yes, if you click here: http://www.netflix.com/InstantStreamingDisc?device=Wii [netflix.com] After you are logged into your netflix account you can click on "send me the disk". I just did and it said I should have my disk tomorrow.

Re:Nothing about Wii on the Netflix site yet (1)

CrankyFool (680025) | more than 4 years ago | (#31618104)

Technically, unless you're in the group of people getting the first batch of discs, it's not even supported then :)

Re:Nothing about Wii on the Netflix site yet (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616906)

The summary said it is for people who pre-ordered the Disc (and service). This is probably therefore a staggered service like they did with PS3 streaming; they'll send out a certain number initially to make sure the bugs are worked out, and then later on open it up to those of us who didn't pre-order.

Re:Nothing about Wii on the Netflix site yet (1)

Richy_T (111409) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617622)

It may be multiply staggered. I haven't received a notification yet and I put in my request several months ago. I haven't checked the spam filter yet though.

No DVD (1)

Nested (981630) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616652)

Now if only the Wii supported standard DVD movies it might have a chance of getting used.

Re:No DVD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616804)

It does through homebrew. You can also use it to play avi files. Get with the times.

Re:No DVD (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617496)

I'd rather keep my warranty intact thank you.

If I want to work with something hacked together I'll do it on the PC where recovery is simple.

All joking aside... (2, Funny)

Dripdry (1062282) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616656)

So I don't have to wait for the DVD to come in the mail, huh? That's awfully con-Wii-nient!

Re:All joking aside... (1)

willworkforbeer (924558) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616830)

That's awfully con-Wii-nient!

You didn't have to set it quite that far aside.

Re:All joking aside... (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617098)

The PS3 and Wii require a disc purely because of MS' exclusivity deal which must run out at the end of this year because Netflix announced that PS3 owners won't need the disc after this year. The Wii may be different due to lack of storage space.

Re:All joking aside... (1)

Richy_T (111409) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617642)

The Wii /should/ have plenty of space (mplayer has been ported to it on homebrew) but there's no telling how much cruft the streamin app will have.

Re:All joking aside... (2, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617972)

Wii has 512 MB of internal storage. A channel for streaming video would probably be no bigger than a WiiWare game. Compare to VLC media player, which is a 15 MB download.

Better than PlayOn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616718)

Is it any better than PlayOn's solution, and through which I've been enjoying Netflix films on my Wii for months now?
Along with Hulu, Amazon VOD, local media, and lots of other content.

And I don't care about HD for the kids to watch Cartoon Network shows or old family-friendly movies on the big screen.
If want a higher quality experience, I'll hook up the laptop with WMC and use its HDMI output.
But if I want to use the laptop for something else and the kids want to watch a movie, not a problem.

While not a "fail" per se on Netflix part, it did get here late enough to give PlayOn lots of customers.

WTF is Netflix? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616780)

Signed, a confused Canadian.

Re:WTF is Netflix? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31617188)

It's like zip.ca, only gayer.

frist p5ot (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616788)

Software 7awyers fly...don't fear

Netflix disk, AWAY! (1)

Busted1942 (1533889) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616822)

Wohooo!

No email here (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 4 years ago | (#31616838)

I signed up for this as soon as I heard about it. I just checked the email account assoicated with my Netflix account and there is nothing there yet. Hopefully soon, I've been really looking forward to this.

Re:No email here (2, Informative)

Pontiac (135778) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617172)

Log onto your Netflix account and check this page..
http://www.netflix.com/InstantStreamingDisc?device=Wii

It should give your delivery status.

Re:No email here (2, Informative)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617268)

I did that as soon as I saw I had no email. It says the same thing it said back when I signed up.
    "Thanks for reserving your FREE instant streaming disc for your Wii console.

You don't need to do anything else - your instant streaming disc for Wii will ship automatically when it is available this spring."

Re:No email here (1)

Elwar123 (1053566) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617286)

I got the e-mail earlier today. Said it should arrive tomorrow (Friday).

Why not Wii-ware? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31616858)

I'm curious, why isn't this just a wii-ware app that I download? Why need a disc at all?

Re:Why not Wii-ware? (1)

BobPaul (710574) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617114)

The exclusive deal with MS for the XBox360. Running from the disc allows Netflix to bypass the wording of the contract, such that's how it runs on PS3 and probably Wii.

Linux (4, Insightful)

Thuktun (221615) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617100)

Now if only we could stream instantly to a Linux PC without having to resort to a VM running Windows...

Duh (2, Funny)

BancBoy (578080) | more than 4 years ago | (#31618000)

RTFA! All you have to do is build a Wii Emulator for Linux and then you can run it in that instead of a Windows VM. Sheesh.

Re:Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31618074)

WTF? Do you have something against virtual machines?

Why so much hate? (1)

MrNiceguy_KS (800771) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617180)

I'm kinda confused by the fact that it seems like roughly half the comments are complaints of one form or another. Yes, the Wii isn't HD, everyone knows that. Yes, you have to put in a disc - this is due to an exclusivity agreement between Netflix and Microsoft. The PS3 has to use a disc also. Yes, you can also watch Netflix streaming with a PC, TiVo, XBox 360, PS3, plus assorted TV's and Blu-Ray players have it built in. If you have one or more of those already, then Netflix on Wii isn't a big deal.

My family has been looking forward to this ever since it was announced. We have a standard-def TV that we will likely keep until it breaks. I've watched a number of movies on my PC, but my wife and daughter aren't really interested in doing that. (I generally watch at my desk while working on another computer.) Other than a modded XBox, the Wii is the only game console we own.

Re:Why so much hate? (1)

adwarf (1002867) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617788)

Wow you just perfectly described my household as well....

Yay! (1)

MrTripps (1306469) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617426)

If I had a Wii I'd be happy. Now about that 28 day waiting period that Block Buster doesn't have and the Very Long Wait for any slightly popular Blu-ray....

Quality will be an issue (1)

Little_Professor (971208) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617512)

If it's anything like the streaming video of BBC iPlayer's Wii app, it's going to be very disappointing quality. The Wii simply isn't powerful enough to process high-bitrate content (even for standard-def) so the iPlayer app uses low bitrate streams that are blocky and barely watchable on a big TV screen.

Linux next?? Petition... (1)

markdavis (642305) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617516)

Hopefully they will release a Linux version at some point. In the meantime, please take a minute and fill out this petition:

http://www.petitiononline.com/Linflix/petition.html [petitiononline.com] (right now it is at 4429, we can do much better)

Re:Linux next?? Petition... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31617744)

Too bad dog shit is more valuable (and has accomplished more) than online petitions.

Not worth it for me (1)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 4 years ago | (#31617930)

I don't watch enough movies for Netflix to be worth the cost. Redbox works better for me for the 1 or 2 times a month I want to rent a movie.

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