Netflix Now Available on Wii U, Takes Advantage of Both Screens

by Knowlton Thomas

Nintendo's latest gaming console, the Wii U, just launched. And Netflix is already raring to go.

The company's popular web streaming service is immediately available for use on the Wii U. Netflix says that the experience on the new system is "designed to take advantage of the console’s unique two-screen experience for the best browsing and viewing experience." (Yes, they actually said the word "experience" three times in one sentence.)

When browsing, movies and TV shows and detailed information are shown on both the TV and GamePad so everyone in the room can see all of the TV shows and movies available. Scrolling or browsing is shown both on the TV and GamePad.

According to Netflix, you can also watch videos on just the Gamepad. That's a good feature for those who do not own tablets but like to bring their TV shows with them as they walk around the house.

"Netflix is available today on the Wii U home screen with the Wii U launch in the US and Canada," Netflix director of product innovation Chris Jaffe said in a statement. "Netflix members can sign-in for full access."

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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