Nintendo 3DS gets Netflix video streaming, but no 3D movies...yet

Posted on September 2, 2013 – 11:26 am
MarketSaw - 3D Movies, Gaming and Technology: Netflix Adds 3D

Netflix has been getting a lot of flak for raising its pricing, but today, together with Nintendo it has a new proposition: streaming video to the 3DS. This makes the 3DS the first dedicated handheld gaming device to get Netflix.

Via a downloadable app on Nintendo's eShop (must have the latest 3DS update to get it), 3DS owners can access any TV episode or movie available in Netflix's streaming video library.

Content will be streamed in 2D, but Netflix is hard at working preparing a special section that will deliver glasses-free 3D movies at a future date.

If you ask me, not including 3D movies in Netflix's library from the start makes the 3DS app seem half-baked. The 3DS's most appealing feature is its glasses-free 3D. Not specifically tailoring content for the handheld's biggest strength feels like a missed opportunity. It's like how the 3DS launched — to an abysmal lineup of launch games nobody really cared about.

I like the flexibility that Netflix is handing its subscribers here, but why would I watch Netflix on the 3DS, drain its already short-lasting battery on the go, if there are other options out there that provide sharper 2D picture quality such as Netflix on an iPhone or Android smartphone?

3D movies would have made the Netflix 3DS app a killer app. As it stands right now, the Netflix 3DS app isn't offering anything new. Just another device to view Netflix on. I can't even keep track of how many gadgets in my home can view Netflix now. I'll bet my watch can view Netflix if I poked it hard enough.

Netflix and Nintendo haven't officially announced when the 3D movies will roll into Netflix's 3DS app, only that it'll be "soon." Guess most 3D-enthused 3DS owners can download the Netflix app "soon" when the 3D content catches up. Don't get me wrong, 2D content is great, but I can't help but feel the 3DS is still stuck in "has potential" mode instead of "must-buy."

This is the same problem that standard 3D tech that requires glasses is banging into. 3D's greatest failure is its inability to deliver compelling 3D content simultaneously with 3D hardware. That tradition doesn't appear to have changed with glasses-free devices like the 3DS. Ultimately, this will be the format's own undoing, unless somebody realizes that buying 3D hardware is easy (if not a little expensive), but getting valuable 3D content that doesn't blow is the hard part.

Netflix, via Kotaku

For the latest tech stories, follow us on Twitter at @dvice


Roku Roku 3 Streaming Player
Home Theater (Roku)
  • Faster and more powerful. With up to 1080p HD video* and extended-range, dual-band wireless performance for increased speed
  • Amazing remote with headphone jack. Use the included in-ear headphones to crank up that late-night flick while the kids (or parents) sleep
  • One-stop search. Find your favorite movies and TV shows all from one place?from top TV and Movie services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu Plus
  • 750+ channels and growing. The best selection of streaming out there. Everything from Netflix to Hulu Plus to HBO GO to Major League Baseball
  • Free iOS and Android device app. Use it like a remote. Browse and add new channels. Even stream your music and photos from your phone or tablet to your HDTV


2012-04-10 19:35:28 by ITadmin

Apps is where the iPad shines. There's an app for just about anything you want to do. I don't even know if there are apps for the Kindle Fire, (are there?) If there's an Amazon app store, I've never heard of anyone developing for it.
My first reaction was, "Kindle Fire, that's a full-blown tablet? Isn't it just a color ebook reader that can also do multimedia stuff?" Which puts it in persp...g its weight in place of a laptop on trips, it's the iPad, hands down, no question. Although most people here will be biased towards the Apple product, at least have a look at some of the android tablets offerings too. They are a viable alternative (even if I wouldn't buy one myself.) Go get your hands on a few and see what you like.
That's just my take, there's other good advice here too.

You might also like:

Netflix changes course once again
Full HD Netflix Xbox 360 vs Wii Comparison (UPDATED)

Movies, TV, books, the Web: 2013′s bests — so far  — Salon
The seven-episode miniseries created by Jane Campion and starring Elisabeth Moss is the best thing that's been on television all year, and it's streaming on Netflix so you have no excuse.

After having sex with same horse again, man pleads guilty  — Daily Caller
There's something about Nadia — the horse — that Texas resident Cirilo Castillo just can't quit. Sheriff's deputies in Hidalgo County, Texas arrested Castillo, again, for having sex with the mare, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Samsung Samsung BD-F5900 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player
Home Theater (Samsung)
  • Full HD 1080p Blu-ray Disc playback
  • Access streaming content and the web with built-in Wi-Fi and Smart Hub
  • 3D Blu-ray Disc playback
  • Product Dimension (WxDxH): 14.2 x 7.7 x 1.6

Seattleites celebrate Gay Pride Week by proudly beating up a Christian  — Daily Caller
After a group of women try unsuccessfully to steal the protester's sign, a group of men grab onto it and pull him to the ground while the crowd applauds.

How to Stream/Watch Netflix, Hulu and Pandora on Your TV
Castle Season 2 Episode 04 Fool Me Once
Hansel and Gretel

Related posts:

  1. Get Netflix streaming free
  2. Netflix streaming stuck at 2
  3. Netflix streaming VS DVD
  4. Netflix streaming 3 Idiots